Unfortunately my instagram account under mindy_lacefield has been hacked as of July 24th. Yesterday I received a message that my email had been changed on my account and shortly after was contacted by the assumed hacker with the following: Hello, I wrote your Instagram account to give it back, sir please contact me
I have not heard of accounts being taken ransom but once the hackers delete the account, I'm not sure what can be done. From my research it's a long shot it'll ever return. My account is erased of all my art, poodle, and adventures photos. Although it feels very violating and totally icky, I am at peace with what has happened. I will continue to post over on my Neat Stuff account.
I was pretty proud of my password with a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers, & symbols totally 22 characters......and I think the only way they could have found my password was seeing it for themselves possibly a back door opening of some sort. I'm sure as AI continues to grow and evolve we will see more of this. I did not have my two-factor authorization set up yet. My mistake. From my research yesterday I read that folks with the two-factor are still getting hacked and accounts compromised. If you haven't set up your two-factor authorization, I highly recommend it. Although very annoying in my opinion, it may save you from your account from being compromised.
For all those that have subscribed to my mindy_lacefield insta account, since my account has been deleted by the hacker, you shouldn't be charged by meta going forward.