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Attackers Sending Fake Copyright Infringement Notices to Instagram Users

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Digital attackers are targeting high-profile Instagram users with fake copyright infringement notifications in a bid to hijack their accounts.

Detected by Kaspersky Lab, this scheme begins when an Instagram influencer receives an email notification informing them that their “account will be permanently deleted for copyright infringement.” The email notice looks official in that it uses Instagram’s header and logo. The email address in the “From” field, either mail@theinstagram.team or info@theinstagram.team, is even similar to Instagram’s legitimate contact email address, support@instagram.com.

An example of the Instagram scam. (Source: Kaspersky Lab)

The email tells the user that Instagram will delete the user’s Instagram profile unless they verify their account within 24 hours. Once they click on the “Verify Account” link, the targeted user sees a prompt to enter their account credentials for the platform. If they comply, the scam displays another message informing the...(continued)

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