Instagram App, InstaAgent, Is Malicious And Steals Passwords; Deleted From Google Play Store

Posted: Nov 11 2015, 8:18pm CST | by , in News | Technology News

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If you have downloaded the Instagram third-party app, InstaAgent also known as “Who viewed your profile – InstaAgent,” then you may be at risk of having your Instagram password transmitted to a remote server, from where spam posts get posted on your profile.

This app says it helps Instagram users to monitor who visited their profiles or who did not follow them, but a Peppersoft app developer, David, downloaded the app and figured out it has been stealing people’s usernames and passwords on Instagram and transmitting them to – a suspicious remote server.

That is not all, it also posts spam texts and images on users’ news feeds – contrary to Instagram’s terms and conditions.

Google acted immediately and removed the Android app from its Google Play Store; and it has now been also deleted from the iOS App Store.

Not many people use the InstaAgent in the US, but there are hundreds of thousands of users in both the UK and Canada. The malicious app has been downloaded up to 500 thousand times on the Google Play Store, and 100k times on the iOS App Store.

This puts thousands of users at risk of having their login information stolen by the app and spam images posted on their news feeds. Users are therefore advised to uninstall the app and change their Instagram passwords immediately. Those using their Instagram passwords on other websites must also change it on those websites to reduce the risk of hacking and spamming by malicious hackers.

Users might use a password management app such as 1Password to generate unique and complex password for each site or service, while users are advised against installing third-party apps that promise to provide thousands of followers, account insights, and other services because this is possibly an attempt to take over and manipulate your account.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
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