Last year, we observed attacks launched to steal high-profile Instagram accounts. Now, attacks of a similar nature are on the rise again, this time using new lures to achieve the same goal. Both strikes involve a group of Turkish-speaking hackers who seized Instagram accounts through credential phishing emails posing as legitimate messages from Instagram.
The group exploited their usual targets of celebrities, startup business owners, and other entities that have a sizeable following on a social media platform. Previously, we examined the case of a hacked photographer. This time, the new techniques have been unveiled through the case of a police officer with more than 16,000 followers.