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Instagram influencers were forced to send striptease video and thousands of dollars in ransom to a 24-year-old hacker, court documents say

Lindsay Dodgson   

Instagram influencers were forced to send striptease video and thousands of dollars in ransom to a 24-year-old hacker, court documents say
  • The FBI has filed a criminal complaint against a hacker who took over multiple Instagram accounts.
  • Amir Hossein Golshan would try and solicit money out of the victims, the complaint says.

The FBI has filed a criminal complaint against a hacker who took over the Instagram accounts of multiple female influencers and tried to solicit money out of them.

When one victim refused to hand over money, he demanded she strip for him on a video call in order to get her account back, court documents claim.

The complaint against Amir Hossein Golshan, written by special agent Nicholas A. Rasch, accuses him of SIM swapping — reassigning someone's phone number to another device without their authorization, in order to bypass two-factor authentication and access their apps.

It described the experiences of four female victims, who say 24-year-old Golshan gained access to their phone numbers and Instagram accounts and demanded money from them.

In Victim 1's story, she says Golshan managed to solicit around $15,000 from her friends while posing as her and messaging them to seemingly borrow money.

The complaint says Golshan ordered Victim 2 and Victim 3 to pay $5,000 to get their accounts back. While Victim 2 managed to access her account without paying, Victim 3 refused to pay, which is when Golshan then told her to perform a striptease over a video call. She agreed to the call and reported Golshan was masturbating throughout.

Afterwards, Victim 3 said she spoke to Golshan for an hour to placate him, and he returned her account. But after the victim then refused his multiple offers of dates and ignored his further attempts at contact, he took back control of her account again.

In messages between them, Golshan tells Victim 3 he changed her password again "cause you never responded to my messages."

"I believe that the subject retook Victim 3's Instagram account using a recovery code that he most likely saved when he was in control of the account," the complaint reads.

Victim 4 had her Instagram account deleted after she refused to pay Golshan $4,000, the complaint says.

The complaint cites multiple call recordings and screenshots of messages that back up the victims' stories. It also mentions Golshan's alleged Coinbase account, which shows incoming payments worth $423,575 between December 2018 and April 2022. His bank records also show an influx of payments totaling $23,790, according to the complaint.

Rasch says in the complaint he believes many of these payments to be related to a scam Golshan was running, as one $1 payment calls Golshan a "fucking creep" and accuses him of stealing money from a teenager. This payment was made by Victim 5, a teenage girl who paid Golshan $300 for a fake Instagram verification service. She sent the $1 note "in the hopes of making the fraudster feel bad," the complaint says.

Golshan's IP address led the FBI to his door in an apartment complex in Los Angeles. The complaint concludes that Golshan could be charged with violating The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act — specifically "threatening to damage a protected computer."

Insider has reached out to Golshan's email address for comment.


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