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CovertSwarm collaborates with BBC on Instagram Scam investigation

CovertSwarm is modernising the penetration testing, red teaming, and bug bounty industries with its challenger ‘Constant Cyber Attack’ service. Today, they announce yet another collaboration with the BBC: this time an investigation related to consumers being scammed via Instagram.

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20th October 2021 – London, UK – CovertSwarm, a provider of Constant Cyber Attack services that close the Cyber Risk Gap resulting from traditional offensive security approaches was today featured on the BBC’s “Rip Off Britain” which aired at 09:15 UK Time on BBC One. This is their second collaboration this month.

The BBC approached CovertSwarm to assist with their investigations into the rise of consumers being scammed via the Instagram social media platform. CovertSwarm’s ethical hackers demonstrated how new Instagram accounts could be set up and used to entice victims to provide sensitive information.

Anders Reeves, CEO and Founder of CovertSwarm, commented “Instagram has around 28 million users and as with any social platform that helps to connect the world, their userbase can sadly attract the attention of cybercriminals and malicious hackers. It has been a pleasure to work with the BBC on another of their flagship broadcasts, this time to help educate the nation – through demonstration – how social media platforms are being leveraged by criminals to exploit their users.”

The episode is available on the BBC iPlayer:

About CovertSwarm

The team at CovertSwarm is driven by a single objective – to constantly compromise the security of its clients through the deep detection of blind spots within their cyber defences and technology stacks before real threat actors can exploit them.

Our continuous client-focused cyber intelligence gathering, simulated attack, clear vulnerability reporting, live ethical hacker interaction capability and follow-up education services challenge the status quo of a cyber market in need of modernisation.

Organisations seeking higher degrees of cyber assurance and security confidence than those offered by simple ‘snapshot’ penetration testing and red team engagements are increasingly partnering with us. They agree that ‘point in time’ testing is no longer enough to secure their organisations, and it is through this shared ethos that CovertSwarm challenges everything that has so far been ‘standard’ in today’s cyber vendor market.