An unidentified group of hackers recently hacked German-owned automotive company Mercedez-Benz's official Instagram account. A Twitter user first recognized the unusual posts from the page. The company confirmed the tweets and said that they apologize for any inconveniences that the hackers have made-- since some of the posts involve the Swastika logo and Bitcoin donation amid pandemic.
Mercedez-Benz Instagram got hacked! Here's what happened
Hacking is no longer unusual in today's pandemic since almost everyone is on their gadgets. However, a recent hacking was made in one of the most popular car companies in the world, Mercedez-Benz.
On Tuesday evening, May 5, the Instagram account of Mercedez-Benz profiled @mercedesbenz_de, was taken over by hackers for quite some time. Suspects changed the name of the account to "HACKED BY catz (hacked by catz)."
Aside from the name profile, hackers also posted unusual pictures on the page. What's most interesting was when the hackers posted the infamous logo of the German Nazi, Swastika character.
Even the pictures of one of its competitor BMW was posted on the page-- showing what appears to be a promotion to buy their products.
@MercedesBenz @MercedesBenz_DE nice instagram pic.twitter.com/J59sBQ5SnN — Relax (@RelaxxDE) May 5, 2020
Bitcoin donations for the poor
Aside from the Swastika logo and BMW promotions on their official Instagram page, the hackers also changed the profile picture of the account with a bio saying "Donate for hungry." The post had its Bitcoin address along with it-- allowing every Mercedez-Benz followers' to donate their bitcoin for supposedly Coronavirus pandemic victims.
A report also identifies the hacker sharing from the Stories section of the Mercedes-Benz account. "All of you follow," said hacker, sharing an Instagram user's account. Hacker shared a photo belonging to a different user and wrote, "Follow. I love it."
coole super unproblematische
c o m m u n i t y pic.twitter.com/CgtMiksOJx — Jan Böhmermann (@janboehm) May 5, 2020
Hackers reportedly followed accounts of random people in social media. Each minute that the hacking lasted, new accounts from Instagram were followed by the hackers using the automotive's official account.
Mercedez-Benz confirms the hacked account
After the Twitter user speculates that the official Instagram account of Mercedez-Benz was hacked, the management of the company officially confirms the hacked account on a follow-up thread.
The official Twitter account of the German-owned company said that they apologize for what happened and clarifies that they are now in control of their account. Information on the identity of the suspects is not yet released by the company.
Thanks for letting us know, the account has been hacked and we're taking appropriate action. Sorry for any inconvenience and offence caused. — Mercedes-Benz (@MercedesBenz) May 5, 2020