A friend's instagram account apparently got hacked, and their username, email and password changed.

Has anyone experienced this before? According to Instagram, the old email account should have received an email about that name/email change, which didn't seem to happen.

I can't make sense of how they managed to hack that account. Any pointers appreciated!

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Did they tie their mobile phone to the account? If so, it's not hard to do a sim swap attack. However, it does require the attacker to specify target their victim,which normally don't happen for just about any user.


No, they didn't link neither mobile nor their Facebook account to Instagram. Which now makes it pretty much impossible to recover the account.

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