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The Instagram Scam That Tricked 100,000 Users Into Giving Away Passwords

The Instagram Scam That Tricked 100,000 Users Into Giving Away Passwords | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
An app called InstLike promised free likes and followers on Instagram, but asked users to provide their usernames and passwords, turning them into a botnet.

 

Moreover, a user would get 20 free Likes if he used the hashtag #instlike_com in his own photo captions. A search on Instagram reveals that more than 500,000 photos already contain that hashtag.

 

All these features made InstLike a sophisticated ecosystem that employed thousands of voluntary "zombie" accounts — but it depended on their naiveté and willingness to give up their passwords.

 

For Narang, who is experienced in the realm of social media-based scams, the sheer volume of people involved is scary.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Instagram

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/ict-awareness-what-you-should-know/

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/naivety-in-the-digital-age/

 

 

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Instagram Users Compromise Their Own Accounts for Likes

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Symantec Security Response has discovered many Instagram users have willingly shared their usernames and passwords to a bot-like app in order to increase likes and followers.   (image1_15.png)

 

Symantec Security Response has discovered many Instagram users have willingly shared their usernames and passwords to a bot-like app in order to increase likes and followers.

 

Symantec advises users never share account credentials to any third party applications or services. Third party applications or services that require access to your account or information should use the legitimate APIs and authorization protocols (OAuth 2.0, for instance).

 

Gust MEES's insight:

 

Symantec advises users never share account credentials to any third party applications or services. Third party applications or services that require access to your account or information should use the legitimate APIs and authorization protocols (OAuth 2.0, for instance).

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/ict-awareness-what-you-should-know/

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, November 13, 2013 11:02 AM

 

Symantec advises users never share account credentials to any third party applications or services. Third party applications or services that require access to your account or information should use the legitimate APIs and authorization protocols (OAuth 2.0, for instance).

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/ict-awareness-what-you-should-know/