Architecture, Network security, Threats, Cybercrime

Australian fashion blogger’s Instragram account reportedly hijacked

April 6, 2016

The Instagram account of Australian fashion blogger Rozalia Russian was hijacked by an American hacker, who extorted $5,000 from her before handing back her credentials, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Russian, who has over 181,000 combined followers on her @rozalia_russian Instragram page and her @rozalia.com.au Instagram online store page, knew something was amiss when fake followers started posting ads on her page, the report explains. Meanwhile, legit followers were un-following her after receiving irritating spam. Russian attempted to log in, but someone had changed her credentials.

Russian said her own IT expert traced the attack to a college student in the U.S., who demanded the $5,000 payment when Russian called him directly. Russian said she and a travel blogger friend who was also hacked paid the ransom together.

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