If you have ever fretted over not getting the username you want, there are online hackers who can give them to you – for a price. Speaking with The Verge, Instagram confirmed that it has banned hundreds of accounts that have been linked to online username mining operations. Twitter and TikTok also followed suit and shut down various accounts on their platforms as well.
The brunt of the population seems to originate from the community OGUsers, a website that has been known to peddle tough to get usernames. It also helps facilitate the hacks through nefarious means such as SIM swapping, whereby a hacker gains access to your phone number and uses it to reset your passwords online.
A Facebook spokesperson, speaking to The Verge, told the publication, “Today, we’re removing hundreds of accounts connected to members of the OGUsers forum. They harass, extort and cause harm to the Instagram community, and we will continue to do all we can to make it difficult for them to profit from Instagram usernames.”
This follows closely on the heels of Instagram recently making it easier to restore deleted posts. They gave users 30 days to review items they may have deleted in the past or accidentally so. Instagram stories will now also have a grace period of 24 hours before being permanently deleted. This gives users a chance to review content before they lose access to it.
OGUsers is a community that originally made headlines when it gained access to a large host of high-profile Twitter accounts. These accounts belonged to various celebrities including Elon Musk and Barrack Obama.