Nowadays, there is a lot of fun on social networking platforms. Needless to say, media like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram or Twitter have become the lifeblood of some internet users. But many times, users face various dangers from these social media mediums.
For example, a few days ago, Instagram users were confronted with a complex bug. This bug allows hackers to spy on victims' smartphones. Not only that, hackers can take advantage of this bug and send just a malicious image to anyone's Instagram account. However, before any big scandal happened, Facebook entered the field.
Sources said that Facebook has removed the bug from the service owned by him. That means Instagram users can now breathe a sigh of relief.
According to Checkpoint researchers, if a user tries to view malicious images sent to them by hackers from their Instagram app, hackers can gain full access to the user's account. Having full access to the account means that hackers can post or delete photos to the victim's account at will. They can even access the user's contact, camera and location data if they wish.
According to researchers, this type of vulnerable bug is known as Remote Code Execution (RCE). It enables hackers to take control of any computer or server powered by malware. It is believed that some cyber criminals were trying to spy on users' phones by targeting one of the world's most popular photo and video sharing platforms.
Since the Instagram app has millions of users and about 100 million photos are uploaded to the platform every day, some miscreants wanted to weaken its security system. However, the relief is that the company has solved this problem with a new update of the app. For now, there is no reason to fear, that is to be expected.