Ram Madhav, Anupam Kher, Swapan Dasgupta Twitter accounts hacked

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New Delhi | Published: February 6, 2018 5:17:59 PM

Twitter accounts of BJP leaders Ram Madhav, Anupam Kher and Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Swapan Dasgupta have been hacked.

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In a major breach of online security and that too of leading public figures in the country, it has been revealed that Twitter accounts of BJP leaders Ram Madhav, Anupam Kher and Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Swapan Dasgupta have been hacked. Earlier, while claiming that his Twitter account has been hacked, veteran actor Anupam Kher, who is currently in Los Angeles, said he came to know about it from his friends in India and that the microblogging site has been alerted about the incident.

“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. Explaining circumstances that led to hacking, the actor said he had received a link from Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Swapan Dasgupta, which he had clicked.

“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,” Kher added. It is believed that Dasgupta’s account too was compromised and that too by a Turkish Pro-Pakistan hackers group.

These were not the only incidents in recent days. In January, the Twitter account of India’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin, was hacked. Hackers, suspected to be based overseas, uploaded two photos and a video and changed the handle of Akbaruddin’s Twitter account from @AkbaruddinIndia to @AkbaruddinSyed. The envoy is followed by over 66,000 followers on Twitter. After noticing the hack, Twitter briefly blocked his Twitter handle. It was later restored by the micro-blogging site. All offensive tweets were also removed.

Akbaruddin had then reacted by saying it would take more than a hack to keep him quiet. “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.

Twitter users, after noticing the cyber attack, retweeted the two photos and the video that was posted on the envoy’s hacked account. One of the tweets posted by the hackers had a photo of Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain sitting in front of a table with a photo of its founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah. In another photo, there were emoticons of the Turkey and Pakistan flags. Hackers also put video of a song that featured in Bollywood actor Raj Kapoor’s film “Awara Hoon”.

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