Anupam Kher Twitter account hacked; actor informs microblogging site

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New Delhi | Published: February 6, 2018 3:15:45 PM

Actor Anupam Kher on Tuesday said that his Twitter account has been hacked.

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Actor Anupam Kher on Tuesday said that his Twitter account has been hacked. The 62-year old veteran actor, who is in the US currently, said that he came to know about the hack from his friends in India. The microblogging site has been alerted about the incident, he added. “My Twitter account has been hacked. Just got few calls from friends in India about it. I am in LA and it is 1 am,” the actor told PTI in a text message. Detailing the circumstances leading up to the hacking, Kher explained that he had received a link from Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Swapan Dasgupta yesterday and he had clicked on it.

Dasgupta’s account itself is believed to have been compromised by a Turkish Pro-Pak hackers group. “Got a DM yesterday from Mr Swapan Dasgupta’s account about a link. A first from him. So opened it. Have spoken to Twitter already,” the actor added.

Last month, the Twitter account of Syed Akbaruddin, who is India’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations, was hacked. The unidentified hackers, who were suspected to be based overseas, posted two photos and a video and changed the name of Akbaruddin’s twitter account from @AkbaruddinIndia to @AkbaruddinSyed.

Akbaruddin is followed by over 66,000 followers on the social media site. After the hack was noticed, Twitter briefly blocked his Twitter handle. The account was later restored by the micro-blogging site, which also launched a probe. All the hacked tweets were also deleted.

Thanking Twitter, the envoy said that it would take more than a hack to keep him down. “I’m back. It will take more than a hack to keep me down. Thanks to Twitter India and many others who helped,” Akbaruddin said in a tweet.

Noticing the cyber attack, netizens retweeted the two photos and the video posted on Akbaruddin’s hacked account. One of the tweets that was posted by the hackers had a photo of Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain sitting in front of a table with a photo of its founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Another photo had emoticons of the Turkey and Pakistan flags. Hackers also posted video song of Bollywood actor Raj Kapoor’s “Awara Hoon”. According to tweets posted by his hacked account, the hacker claimed to be from Turkey and in “love” with Pakistan.

“You are hacked by the Turkish cyber army Ayyildiz Tim! We got your DM correspondence! We will show you the power of the Turk! I Love Pakistan,” the hacker had said in his message.

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