My Instagram Account Was Hacked

As a digital creator, it’s easy to get taken advantage of and ripped off. I’ve had my logo stolen, my content stolen, my identity stolen… YOU NAME IT. But today, my Instagram account, which I’ve spent a year tirelessly growing and building the (dare I say) best community EVER, was hacked and deleted.

brainsoverblonde insta hack

This has become a HUGE problem in the digital space as of late – but I’ll write a longer post on that later.

After a number of you amazing ppl reported to me that my IG account was gone, I got these three terrifying emails in rapid succession:

brainsoverblonde instagram hacked

(fyi, “revert this change” didn’t work – it was too late)

brainsoverblonde instagram hacked




So basically, Anna Scherbakova and/or “PunPam” are holding my little baby for RANSOM.

brainsoverblonde ig hacker

I’m trying not to panic (*eye twitch*… easier said than done). There is literally no way to report this or contact Instagram.

brains over blonde instagram hack

Dear Insta – NO SHIT. I would reset my password if I could. But I can’t. I’m caught in a loop.

what can you do to help?

We need to get Instagram’s attention. If Brains over Blonde has ever helped you in any way, please do me a solid and share the below image on your IG story and TAG @instagram and @facebook:

brainsoverblonde hacked Instagram Story

  • On Mac: control + click + save image and airdrop/text it to your self, share on your story and TAG @instagram and @facebook
  • On PC: right click + save image and text/email to yourself, share on your story and TAG @instagram and @facebook
  • If you have the swipe up feature, link to this article!
  • Bonus points: retweet this tweet @instagram




UPDATE 8/10/18: I’M BACK ON THE GRID! Read all about what happened, how to protect yourself, & my thoughts on theft in the digital media industry at large HERE.

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  • Brittany HagemannAugust 9, 2018 - 3:04 pm

    This is HORRIFYING! I’m so sorry! I got you, sister!ReplyCancel

  • LisaAugust 15, 2018 - 8:33 am

    OMGGG. I’m so glad you got your account back!!! I seriously thought you blocked me for a second lolReplyCancel

  • Christian HeinrichSeptember 29, 2018 - 8:31 pm

    Can you send me the bitcoin address quoted in the e-mail from [email protected] please?
    My e-mail address is [email protected]ReplyCancel


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