How This One ‘Malicious’ Photo Could Hack Your Instagram Account

A stark warning for Instagram users today, with a new security report claiming a user’s app could have been hacked by nothing more than a single photo texted to their iPhone or Android smartphone. And while the specific issue has now been patched by Facebook, with updates issued for Instagram’s hundreds of millions of Android and iOS users, the dangers of downloading images and other files messaged to our phones remains.

According to the research team at Check Point, “the critical vulnerability… would have allowed an attacker to perform any action of choice inside Instagram – read DMs, delete or post content, manipulate account details, as well as the ability to turn a victim’s phone into a spying tool to access GPS location, phone contacts and camera.”