21. August 2013
Cybercrime: The US security firm, RSA, reports that a modified version of the Zeus Trojan, which has infected millions of computers since it was first identified over five years ago, has been modified by hackers to boost the image of Instagram accounts.
Zeus Trojan boosts Instagram profiles
The malware is being used by cybercriminals to artificially boost the number of likes and followers on Instagram accounts.
The fake likes and followers are sold to specific profiles and used to help improve marketing campaigns or draw attention to particular products.
According to RSA data, selling endorsements on social media websites is more lucrative than selling stolen credit card details. Fraudulent likes are sold in consignments of 1,000 on internet forums, the company explains. One thousand Instagram followers cost £9.50 (€11); 1,000 Instagram likes cost £19 (€22). By contrast, 1000 stolen credit card numbers costs just £3.80 (€4.40).
Detecting fake likes
Commenting on the events, Instagram said it does have technical systems in place for detecting fake endorsements. The social network claims that efforts are made to try to notify users and block the malware.
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