How My Instagram Got Hacked

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How My Instagram Got Hacked

Sharing how my Instagram account got hacked and you can lose it all in flash.

Hi everyone, today I am sharing a bit of a tragic post on How My Instagram Got Hacked and I lost my 12.7 K followers. It all started with a message sent prior directly from Instagram stating I was out of compliance with a copyright issue on a video I posted over 5 years ago, December 2016. Mind you I posted this way before reels or the music was ever even a part of the IG, so a total pioneer over here, maybe I need to sue for copyright infringement on my ideas? Funny enough I still have the video because I save everything in my dropbox, so take a look at it here, it was from my Singing Nutcrackers in 2016.

So the message I receive was a ligament message from directly from Instagram/Meta around June 24th, the same time as the Elvis movie was released, stating the music was an infringement of copyright laws, but I could appeal the verdict and hear back in 2-3 weeks, for the time being the videos would be blocked in certain countries like Australia, South America, India etc. (Yes it was not a DM it was an actual notification from Instagram with a violation letter, truly a legitimate thing similar to the ones you get on Youtube, and yes I got one for my Game of Thrones dinner party music too, it happens). I filled out the form via the Instagram Help Center as directed and waited to hear back. Now, fast forward to July 31 when an return email seen below shows up:

As you can see it still looks pretty legit, especially if you are expecting to hear back from a previous inquiry initiated to you originally by Instagram. Again, note this came to my Business email addressed from the Instagram Appeals Office, so you think okay 4 weeks later here is that same hinky appeal form again I already filed out once because it looks the same. The one issue is, if you look closely, it shows that it is from Facebook, not Meta. Here is how it went down, you click the link which directs you to another Instagram look alike site, and it looks just like Instagram, no expense spared. Then asks you to confirm your username and phone number, the next screen asks you to verify the email address which is the one they used and kicks you out to a login screen for security purposes. Now they have your username, phone number, and password. Since they already had my email and now systematically start to log you out of all of your devices by changing all of your data. Now you start getting these emails:

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You now spend the next few hours trying to get your account back, but once they have your phone number, password and email it is all over. The only thing I did differently is I had a funny feeling about the whole thing, so while I was still logged in to Instagram, I screenshot everything and reported in the Instagram Help Center quickly and then tried to change my password before the hackers did. Which did prompt a notification that my email and phone had been changed, and I should have been able to override this from this notification, however Meta now just directs you to the “Have you been Hacked” page in setting which is actually no help at all. So this back is no help at all anymore, be warned.

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Currently, I am locked out of my Instagram account, which I hear is not a common thing, considering I have a business account, with 2 factor authentication; or the hackers have just disabled it from their end (which is what I now believe has happened). It was also secured separately from my Facebook which, has a whole separate set of log in’s which I highly recommend; never put all your eggs in one basket, and do not link them, always use completely different logins and passwords, I learned that at a bloggers conference. While the accounts are semi-linked as in I can drop a story from my Instagram, and I retained all control over my personal Facebook which has my company listed only as a “Page”, verses my Instagram which is an licensed Business Account you know EIN#, Business License, Trademark, the whole 9, so two completely separate entities. This was my own version of a 2 factor authentication if you will. So, the likelihood of this random Nigerian prince or Russian Mafia proving actually they are me is going to be hard for them, good luck bringing that back online they are just waiting for you now.

However, here is the Whatsapp notification I received from the hackers stating they have my account and will give it back if I pay a certain amount. (Yes, I sent this to Instagram but still no help.) Which is sad because we all know they have my account information in their data recovery site and can easily take control of our screens, if they wanted too, but since it is a unmanned site and I do not pay the big bucks to them I will probably never see any help at all. This is also true for private citizens as well, with all your kids photos and videos of yourself, prepare yourself to sold off, and those photos to be used for everything under the sun, which is why a having a public page of any kind is a bad idea in general. There is already an entire Tik Tok movement in this direction about those kind of videos and the exploitation, see Wren Eleanor if you are not aware yet.

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Which is why it is good that my business page also has a trademark and is DMCA copyright backed since all of my photos have copyrights whether they are watermarked or meta-encrypted, because of this I filed a complaint with the Federal Copyright Office.  Since I am not taking them with a basic Iphone, I am using a 35mm like the pros do, so if programmed properly all of the photos have that information placed on to the files the minute the photo is snapped. Then when you download into other software like Photoshop, Lightroom, Facebook or Instagram they can add the rest of the Metadata to the file, but the original capture log is always there versus a digital phone.

Copyright Office JENRON DESIGNSWhich is why I was even answering the copyright emails to begin with and trying to figure out where my appeal was, I would have happily removed the video however it seems dumb considering Instagram now offers music and does reels now. Which is what my appeal was based upon, I basically created a reel before they existed, as a creator, which is what I do in all aspects of life it seems wrong to not allow my time date stamped version of a reel not to live on my page, considering they could have easily poached the idea from me or countless other people doing the same thing. Let’s face it no one owns anything, intellectual property at this point is all a bunch of BS because the bigger companies with money will just come in say they found it first after they steal the little guys idea, LOL! Anyways, I have always been taught never put all your eggs in one basket, you do not own that content on any of the social media sites and may never be able to get back any of it if you lose it, which is why your email list and blog is really all that matters in these types of situations. The social media world is just too sketchy and can all be lost at a moment’s notice and none of the property out there actually belongs to you EVER!Still Shows Up On Goggle JENRON DESIGNS

That being said, while I am hoping to get back my Instagram account even if it is just to close it down on my own terms, so my Instagram followers don’t end up being sold to the highest bidder and wake up one day wondering how on earth they ended up following a Bong salesman or Fake Timeshare Properties on the Moon. Since that is how most of the big accounts get their huge start up numbers, yes they buy them, true story. I actually tried really hard to earn mine which is what makes this kind of bittersweet. I met a lot of great gals via the contests or social groups sharing your squares all the things you do to get seen in your niche, but now the market is so saturated, most of the really big one accounts are buy ins these days or stolen accounts like mine, and they are stealing more and more every day, I have lost tons of friends to this. Honestly maybe I should have just sold mine? LOL 😂 Then I would have made the money for it!PR HEADSHOT 2019-08-02 at 10.54.41 AM-Edit copyHonestly, I do feel like this is an opportunity, since I was not really feeling the “new” Social Media circuit lately, inspiration has left me, and it all just seems like all the videos and reels are of the same old same old. With that being said when a door closes, and a window opens, and it is time for reinvention which reveals itself and you must find a way to pull yourself out of all of that boring white noise and become different again. I will absolutely be doing this since this opportunity was given to me.

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However don’t be sending me dumb SPAM emails like this, when my account is clearly not even out there anymore? Come on people really? Even if I never go back out to Instagram again, I am okay with that, 5 years was enough, and we need the next “new, new” because things have just gotten way too sagnent. In the meantime, I do want to thank everyone that has been a follower on Instagram with me, and found my blog via the platform, while I may never go back it, I am grateful for the friendships it formed in the meantime.

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6 Comments

  1. I am so sorry to hear this! I’m with you, the reels don’t feel “new” anymore. Its thousands of people doing the same audio/acting for their set of followers. Praying you’ll be better off without it!

  2. This is so unfair and frustrating! I’ve gotten messages like this before too. I hope everything works out ok for you!

  3. Thank You, I think a new perspective is what I need, the market is really very bogged down right now with too much of the same, it is a lot white noise and hard to sort through a basic decorator which have great taste or a actual interior designers with degrees skills and knowledge in codes and practical experience. Clearly I am not a marketing major which is what most them are which is why I was hacked LOL!

  4. I know I keep hearing that a lot, and I too thought was smarter than the hackers and would see the pitfalls and be immune to things like this, after all my blogger converferrences, and keeping up with the trends and listening to all the chat rooms and DM’s of other bloggers. Sure I can say I guess I am just dumb, but what my message is I really thought I had all the protocols in place and that I was being safe, so safe that I actually sent a “help I have been hacked message” to Instagram while I still had control of my account and I still lost my account it. It went out prior to the message that they changed my password, phone number or email. I also had changed my password prior to those things happening as well. This was a battle that happened in seconds and I was on top of it and still lost, I knew I was being hacked and watched it happen.

  5. Tisha

    Oh no! That is awful so sorry it has happened to you. It’s very frustrating

  6. Thank you for your continued support and the kind words, it is frustrating for sure. We are all just trying to put more good into the world and hackers keep stealing everything to make a quick buck off our hard work. Large companies sell off our emails to these blackmarket lists to support their “free apps” but won’t help a Business Account if they are not a Top dollar payer on the list or bring in enough income for them sipher off. It is all a racket in the grand scheme so I choose to own my own content and quit working for hard for those that do not support me.

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