January 31, 2022
At approximately 1PM on Thursday February 3rd, we experienced an Instagram account breach by social media hackers (believed to be based in Nigeria), which began posting unrelated and fake investment content to our page this morning in attempt to obtain cash app and/or crypto wallet information from followers of our page.
An incident response plan was engaged with immediate updates sent through all communication channels to alert as many members as possible. In tandem, a private cyber security contractor was plugged in to begin a process of regaining control of our Instagram account. (Note, Instagram Security was no where to be heard or found. Thanks for nothing, Meta!)
Thanks to the tireless work of this one counter intelligence professional — who was plugged in by one of our own, @lizynessj —at approximately 4pm Pacific Friday the 4th, we successfully regained control of our account.
At no time was any private or personal data accessed.
If you received a message from the intruder, please accept our sincerest apologies. If you were blocked, your account has now been unblocked. We want to thank all of you who were proactive during this process letting others know of the situation.
While we can confirm the account is now secure, we will continue to monitor and heighten our social media security walls – and we recommend everyone else does the same.
As a rule, if somebody on social media offers you something that seems too good to be true, it usually is.
Should you have any questions or require assistance, please feel free to contact Michael Mitama, Cyber Security, for assistance.
M. Michael Mitama
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