Bypassing Rate-Limiting: An Oversight?
Instagram does have a defense mechanism in place: rate-limiting. It restricts the number of login attempts within a stipulated time from a single IP address. However, Muthiyah found this system’s Achilles’ heel. By switching between different IP addresses and sending concurrent requests, he could dodge the limitations, setting up a relentless attack on the account.
Key Takeaway: Every system, no matter how secure, can have latent vulnerabilities. Continuous assessment and adaptation are vital.
2FA: The Broader Implications
The success of Muthiyah’s proof-of-concept attack on Instagram raises a pertinent question: How many other services, relying on similar 2FA schemes, are at risk? With SMS-based 2FA bypasses becoming more frequent, organisations must reassess their reliance on such measures and explore more secure alternatives.
Key Takeaway: As digital threats become more sophisticated, so must our protective measures.
While Facebook did reward Muthiyah with a $30,000 bug bounty, acknowledging and rectifying the flaw, this episode emphasises the relentless evolution in the digital space. It’s a race, and businesses need to ensure they aren’t left behind.
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