Hacker behavior is often unpredictable, with their goals changing all the time, but a recent study revealed that iPhones and Instagram accounts may be preferred targets.
According to a recent study by a company from the UK, called Case24.com, it would appear that some patterns in hacking attacks were recently spotted by security researchers. The study shows that hackers are more likely to target iPhones than other devices. At the same time, they would rather target Instagram accounts.
Hackers Are More Interested In Hacking Apple iPhones and Instagram Accounts Than Other Devices and Apps: Study / Digital Information World https://t.co/9Z7w2okZwa
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Google Search Data Comes in Handy for iPhone Hacks
Researchers used Google’s search data for the US and the UK, among other information. After studying the UK searches, researchers concluded that some 10,040 users were trying to find information on how to hack iPhones. Meanwhile, those interested in how to hack Samsung numbered only 700.
There were also searches on how to hack other smartphone brands, including Nokia, Huawei, Sony, and more, although Apple’s iPhone sits at the very top of the list.
These findings mirror the one found from the US region, where hacking an iPhone was searched as many as 48,010 times. In comparison, only 3,100 searches requested information on how to hack Samsung devices.
Researchers found this data quite astonishing, although they did not reveal risk factors and potential flaws that would actually allow someone to hack iPhones.
Instagram Is the Most Targeted App
The next goal was to see the situation regarding app hacking, rather than device hacking. By using the same sources, researchers concluded that the UK users are extremely interested in how to hack Instagram accounts, with over 12,310 searches. The second place went to Snapchat, with would-be hackers making over 7,380 searches, followed by WhatsApp, with 7,100 searches.
In the US, around 66,960 Americans searched ‘how to hack Instagram,’ clearly showing that the UK results are, once again, mirrored across the ocean.
Of course, determining which apps and devices are in the most immediate danger according to Google searches is not the most reliable method of uncovering the true danger. However, the results are still rather convincing, considering that both the iPhone and Instagram are often targeted and regularly updated.
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