It is reported that attackers are abusing Instagram’s mechanisms to remove prohibited content with might and main. Hackers offer a kind of service to block arbitrary Instagram accounts and have found a way to benefit from it.
In some cases, the same scammers who offer “ban as a service” also offer to restore user accounts that were unfairly blocked on Instagram, only for this work they demand up to $ 1000.
On the OG forum on the darknet, such online services are already massively advertised:
“We have been doing professional banner ads since 2020 and have gained a lot of experience. Our prices are not the lowest, but trust us, you really get what you pay for,” reads one such ad.
An anonymous hacker who offers this peculiar service told the media that in less than a month he earned a five-figure amount only by blocking Instagram accounts. He noted that he charges $ 60 for one block.
Another hacker group, also on the Darknet forum, offers a similar service for between € 5 and € 30 per account, depending on the number of subscribers. He suggests blocking accounts with up to 5,000 subscribers, but claims that he can also block accounts with up to 99,000 subscribers.