Hackers have hacked Instagram account ‘dog hacking cough’, snapped photos of the photo and then posted them to their own accounts.
The account was hacked on Wednesday and some of the photos of pets were stolen, with users posting pictures of them and the pets’ owners with the caption: ‘Dog hacking cough.’
The photos were shared on Twitter and Instagram, and many users took screenshots of the posts to post them to other social media sites.
However, there were no confirmed reports of dogs being hacked or other pets being used in the photos.
One user on Instagram posted the following message: ‘Hey @instagram, there is a dog hacking pic in the photo.
Its called ‘dog hack cough’ and it’s from the dog hacking account.
This is not the account of @instagriffic.’
But there was no official confirmation from Instagram of the account being hacked.
An Instagram spokesperson said the account was ‘currently being investigated and is in no way associated with this account’.’
This is an extremely serious matter,’ the spokesperson added.’
Instagram does not condone or encourage abuse of animals in any form.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.’
The spokesman said the accounts were being investigated.
Instagram has been rocked by an outpouring of anger after the social network announced it would be banning users who posted photos of dogs and cats.
The move came as Instagram announced it had stopped sharing pets photos.
In September, the company also announced it was banning the sharing of pets photos without their owners’ permission, a move that was also criticised by animal rights groups.
Instagress, which owns the Instagram photo-sharing app, said it had been monitoring the activity on the account and had taken the action because of a ‘breach of our terms of service’.
A spokesperson said: ‘The Instagram service is a private company and the account belongs to Instagram.
We do not condone this activity.
We will continue to work with law enforcement to resolve this matter.’