- The rappers were notified that it originated from the urban center of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
- This event originated when Donovan Flanigan and others received a email notification from whom they thought was Instagram.
- This very realistic page ended up being a attempt for hackers to gain access to their accounts.
Online security is one of the biggest problems in our modern age. Large attacks on famous individuals and corporations just highlight the gravity of the problem. On April 27th, 2019 there was a massive cyber attack on several high ranking members in the French Rap Industry. This cyber attack was orchestrated towards Donovan Flanigan, Mouir Ben Chettouh, and approximately a dozen others members of the french rap community.
This widespread hacking event has been shown be several sources to be orchestrated by a group of hackers in the Middle East. Specifically, the rappers were notified that it originated from the urban center of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is unclear as of now if there will be charges or arrests due to the incident. This event originated when Donovan Flanigan and others received a email notification from whom they thought was Instagram. It explained that their accounts would be terminated since they had copyrighted content on their pages. However, this protected content was in fact their own, so they assumed this was clearly a mistake. The email gave them a opportunity to appeal their termination, all they had to do was login to their account. This very realistic page ended up being a attempt for hackers to gain access to their accounts. The next step of the operation for the hackers is to sell the high profile and high follower accounts back to the celebrities.
As a result, this is one of many scams that celebrities and average individuals need to be very weary of. According to the french rappers agents and advisors these are some of the most sophisticated attacks in the market today. The email and page used to trick the rappers are indistinguishable to the real Instagram page. Luckily, Instagram and Facebook heard of the incident that occurred, and were able to regain access to the rappers accounts. This should be a very important lesson for everyone that people should be very careful about giving their usernames and passwords on unauthorized websites.