Smashing Security #137: Porn trolling lawyers, Insta hacking, and Ctrl-Alt-LED

Erection your honour! Lawyers find themselves behind bars after they make porn movies in an attempt to scam internet users, boffins in Israel detail a way to steal data from an air-gapped computer, and Instagram coughs up $30,000 after a researcher finds a simple way to hack into anybody’s account.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast.

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How any Instagram account could be hacked in less than 10 minutes

A security researcher has been awarded $30,000 after discovering a serious vulnerability that could potentially have put any Instagram account at risk of being hacked.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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Data on millions of Instagram accounts spills onto the internet

A security researcher has discovered a publicly-accessible database containing the details of millions of Instagram users, including their contact information.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

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Michael Bublé’s Instagram suffers cock-up

Someone has posted some rather bizarre things on singer Michael Bublé’s Instagram account.

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When your Instagram account has been hacked, how do you get it back?

Travel blogger Delaine Maria D’Costa had her account wiped after she failed to pay an extortionist $200.

That was bad enough, but then she had to try to convince Instagram to let her have it back again.

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Smashing Security #103: An Instagram nightmare, crazy iPhone deaths, and election hack claims

One travel blogger finds you don’t have to be Kylie Jenner to be targeted by an Instagram hacker. When 40 iPhones at a hospital mysteriously die, what could be the explanation? And, surprise surprise, political parties in the USA are throwing around hacking accusations.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Naked Security’s Mark Stockley.

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Instagram finally supports third-party authentication apps for greater account security

Instagram has entered the 21st century, and finally added support for third-party 2FA apps like Google Authenticator, Duo Mobile, and Authy.

Please turn it on.

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21-year-old woman charged with hacking Selena Gomez

Popstar Selena Gomez’s alleged hacker has been charged.

Are your secret password reset questions easy to answer with public information?

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Give Facebook your nude pics to tackle revenge porn

Facebook trials a new way of tackling revenge porn – which sees victims sending the social network their nude pics.

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Smashing Security #041: Hacking Instagram, facial failures, and spying bosses

It’s easy to phone up a celebrity on Instagram following security breach, facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival can’t tell the girls from the boys, and companies are spying on their workers’ activities.

All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by special guest David Bisson.

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Instagram breach deepens with dark web ‘Doxagram’ domain

Attackers have set up a dark web domain for their “Doxagram” site that offers for sale the email addresses and phone numbers of high-profile Instagram users.

David Bisson reports.

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Instagram confirms hack against high-profile users’ account info

Instagram has confirmed a hacking attack that targeted several high-profile users of the photo sharing application.

Make sure you have a strong, unique password and two-step verification in place to better protect your accounts.

David Bisson reports.

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Selena Gomez – please tell your 125 million fans to enable two-step verification

Hackers seized control of the American singer and actress’s Instagram account and posted revealing snaps of her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber.

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How to better protect your Instagram account using two-step verification (2SV)

David Bisson walks you through the steps needed to enable two-step verification on your Instagram account.

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Hacked Instagram accounts seducing users with adult dating spam

Your Instagram account could have been spiced up by spammers.

David Bisson reports.

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How you could steal money from Instagram, Microsoft and Google with help from a premium rate phone number

Researcher Arne Swinnen found an ingenious way to make money from the likes of Google, Microsoft and Instagram – getting their two-factor authentication registration schemes to call a premium rate phone number: “They all offer services to supply users with a token via a computer-voiced phone call, but neglected to properly verify whether supplied phone

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