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

Written on:November 14, 2013
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Insert your username and password, get free followers and Likes. This is what tens of thousands of Instagram users thought was happening.

More than 100,000 Instagram users fell for a bold, effective scam called InstLike, an app that promised free Likes and followers on the photo sharing platform. The app asked users to share their usernames and passwords after downloading, turning them into willing participants of a giant social botnet.

After users signed up for the free app, InstLike would begin Liking random photos and following random users. It also asked users to buy virtual coins to accrue more Likes and followers, according to a new research by security firm Symantec, shared exclusively with Mashable Read more…

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