Hacked and I am so Hacked!

Hacked and I am so Hacked! by Debra H. Goldstein

I woke up recently to a flood of e-mails from friends telling me that my Instagram account had been hacked during the night. Great! I’d wanted to sleep late and now I had to handle the aftermath of being hacked. It was such a little thing. They took my official Instagram name and added a _. I was hacked about being hacked.

Several people wrote that they had reported the hacking. For that, I was grateful, especially because I didn’t know what to do respecting an Instagram hack. Frustrated, I went to the Help section and typed in “Fake accounts.”  Wrong!

Although the articles listed were close, they weren’t on point to someone impersonating me. Figuring the impersonation was key, I typed that in and found directions I could follow. I filled in the form, as required, but balked at having to send a government ID with my picture (what if it was another hack?), but finally did — with my thumb strategically placed to block my driver’s license number (which didn’t keep anyone from learning my address). Having to provide this ID made me almost feel more violated than the hack did. Steam was coming from my ears. Oh, was I hacked!

Then, I realized it was the weekend. I had no idea what time it was where whomever was going to review my report was nor when they would get to it. Being resourceful I went to my Instagram account and tried to post a comment about being hacked. Zilch luck doing that. I needed to post a picture. Okay, next step was typing a hacked message in word, taking a picture of it with my phone, uploading it to my account. TMI and Too Much Time, but it was done.

Messages started coming in that people were appreciative of knowing about the hack and were removing themselves from the new account and taking the hacker, who they now found following them, off as a follower. What an annoyance for all.

I’m hacked at being hacked. Have you ever been hacked? How did you handle it?


3 replies
  1. Gay Yellen
    Gay Yellen says:

    Still holding my breath on being targeted, Debra. What a colossal time waste it is. Hitting the “help” button is usually iffy, too. It usually answers a question, but not the one I need the answer to. Hope you get it all worked out soon.

  2. Saralyn
    Saralyn says:

    Unfortunate fact of life these days, and if you were hacked yesterday, any of us could be hacked tomorrow. And, yes, I would be hacked at being hacked, too.

  3. Donnell Ann Bell
    Donnell Ann Bell says:

    Yes, trolls ha bed e hacked me on Messenger, coming from Instagram. I closed my account. Automation is great until it isn’t and Facebook and other social media outlets consider it the cost of doing business. Hacked at being hacked appropos

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