Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok deleted hundreds of stolen accounts on Thursday (04), following a joint investigation into a forum focused on the trade in stolen usernames and numbers. Known as “OGUsers”, the forum made it possible to steal and sell coveted Internet profiles through burglary, coercion and extortion.
As reported by the blog Krebs on Security, social networks have taken concerted action to combat the practice. “Today, we are removing hundreds of accounts associated with members of the OGUsers forum,” a Facebook spokesperson confirmed in response to CNET.
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“They are squeezing and damaging the Instagram community and we will continue to do everything we can to make it more difficult for them to take advantage of 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 messages, in case a hacker takes control of the account.
In response to CNET, Twitter also reported the suspension of profiles associated with OGUsers. TikTok, meanwhile, told Krebs on Security that it has taken steps to punish users involved in the forum and to recover the stolen accounts.