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Monday, 21 June 2021

Police warning after Nottingham students targeted by Snapchat hackers

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Nottinghamshire Police are asking all students to update their privacy settings and be wary of any follower requests to protect them against hackers.

Police say students in Nottingham have been targeted.

The force has seen a recent rise in Snapchat accounts being compromised to extract illicit images and be used to blackmail victims.

To help reduce the chances of this happening the force have created guidance to keep your social media account secure, they include using stronger passwords, enable two factor authentication and updating your privacy settings.

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The force’s Cyber Protect Officer Kirsty Jackson said “We have seen a recent rise in Snapchat accounts being compromised to extract illicit images. These images are then being used to either blackmail or ask for a financial incentive to view them.

“These photos, along with other personal data can then be shared elsewhere across the internet without the person even knowing.

“We’d ask people to consider if these people were to follow you in the street would you allow them to see photos shared within your accounts? What risk could this put you in?

“If you are sharing your location and your account is hacked this can directly link the criminal hacker to your location or even home address.

“To help reduce the chances of this happening to you we have created a guide to assist you in securing your account here:

www.eastmidlandscybersecure.co.uk/safetyonsocialmedia