Hacker calling himself 'the King' breaks into popular Instagram

Hacker calling himself ‘the King’ breaks into shocked influencer couple’s popular Instagram account and demands £30,000 ransom to give it back

  • Al Ferguson, 33, and his wife Jen, 43, built up a dedicated Instagram following 
  • Also founded online forum Dadsnet and used the page as a source of income 
  • Couple hit by a hacker called ‘The King’ who demanded £1 per follower for page

An influencer couple fell victim to a scammer called ‘The King’ after their Instagram account was hacked and ransomed for £30,000.

Al Ferguson, 33, and his wife Jen, 43, built up a dedicated online following after sharing intimate details of their lives, including their seven miscarriages.

They founded online forum Dadsnet and used their online page as a source of income through ads and sponsors.

Al Ferguson, 33, and his wife Jen, 43, built up a dedicated following after sharing intimate details of their lives

The couple also founded online forum Dadsnet and used the page as a source of income through ads and sponsors

One night as Jen was putting her youngest child to bed, she received a WhatsApp message from a hacker calling themselves ‘The King’ demanding £1 per follower

But one night as Jen was putting her youngest child to bed, she received a WhatsApp message from a hacker calling themselves ‘The King’ demanding £1 per follower.

Speaking to The Mirror, Al from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, said: ‘We’re devastated. All our emotions and memories from the last seven years were in that account.

‘It means so much to us and nothing to the person who’s hacked it.

‘It’s our photo album of our kids, and all those memories of how we were feeling at the time each picture was taken.’

The hacker replaced the image on the profile image from a family photo to a picture of a bloodied face and their biography on the page was changed to: ‘This Instagram account is held to be sold back to its owner.’

Around 5,000 photographs have been lost for good as the family don’t have copies and posts detailing poignant moments in their lives such as losing babies and pictures of the couple crying are also gone forever.

Jen said: ‘It feels like someone has come in and stolen all our diaries. They’ve taken our jobs too but the emotional side is much much worse.

Around 5,000 photographs have been lost for good as the family don’t have copies

The hacker replaced the image on the profile image from a family photo to a picture of a bloodied face and their biography

‘He’s taken all the deepest moments of our parenthood. Potentially we will lose contact with people we’ve been supporting for seven years.’

The account disappeared 36 hours later but it isn’t clear whether the account was removed by Instagram or the hacker.

Although the couple launched a complaint via Jen’s account they have so far had no luck retrieving their pictures.

Al blasted the social media giant’s support after the incident, saying ‘you just can’t speak to a human’.

The couple will also lose money because they are unable to honour contracts they had to advertise on their account.

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