Instagram Warning For Millions Of Users As Devious New Attack Is Exposed
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Instagram Warning For Millions Of Users As Devious New Attack Is Exposed

LightRocket via Getty Images Another security notice has been issued over an Instagram phishing attack. As the team at Sophos explains , “this time the crooks are tapping into a concern that many of us have—falling foul of copyright law.” The attack takes the form of a warning that a user has broken the rules and so risks being locked out of their account. No problem, though, a simple form is provided that will sort everything out. Both the warning and the form are, of course, fake. Sophos This is broad scale social engineering. Most users of Instagram have some understanding that copyright rules can easily and inadvertently be broken by posting or sharing viral pictures or memes. And so when the warning appears hearts sinks and there’s an immediate fear. “No one wants to get locked out of their social media account, even temporarily, over an unresolved argument about an image.” And so because it is so believable, users are highly tempted to click on the link, either to find out which post has broken the rules or to prove that an image is rightfully owned. The whole attack is dressed as a formal Instagram process. The clever […]

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