Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok removed hundreds of stolen accounts on Thursday (04), after a joint investigation into a forum aimed at trafficking in stolen usernames and numbers. Known as “OGUsers”, the forum made it possible to steal and sell coveted Internet profiles through intrusions, coercion and extortion.
As reported by the blog Krebs on Security, social networks carried out a joint action to combat the practice. “Today, we are removing hundreds of accounts connected to members of the OGUsers forum,” confirmed a Facebook spokesman in response to CNET.
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“They extort and damage the Instagram community, and we will continue to do everything we can to make it harder for them to profit from usernames,” the company said.
In fact, this is the first time that Instagram has publicly spoken out about moderation against hackers. The effects of the investigation were even more extensive on the platform, which launched a new feature to recover deleted posts, in case a hacker takes control of the account.
In response to CNET, Twitter also reported the suspension of profiles linked to OGUsers. TikTok, meanwhile, told Krebs on Security that it has taken steps to penalize users involved in the forum and to recover the stolen accounts.