- The Pro-Pakistan Turkish ‘Cyber Army’ made their support pretty clear with a tweet that ends with “I Love Pakistan”
- DMs (Direct messages) were also sent to imminent journalists from the hacked accounts
- More than 700 websites under the Indian government have been hacked from 2013 to 2016
Twitter handles of BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav, Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta, Economist Kaushik Basu and actor Anupam Kher were allegedly hacked by ‘Pro-Pakistan’ Turkish Cyber Army ‘Ayyildiz Tim’. The hackers had changed the handle which lost its verification badge.
The blue tick from the verified handle of Anupam Kher and Ram Madhav also disappeared before it was eventually temporarily shut down by Twitter. Madhav’s account is yet to be temporarily restricted, unlike the account of Dasgupta and Kher.
As per the sources, the Pro-Pakistan Turkish “cyber army” made their support pretty clear with a tweet that ends with “I Love Pakistan.” The rest of the tweet, which also features a video, says, “Your account has been hacked by the Turkish cyber army Ayyildiz Tim. Your DM correspondence and important data have been captured.”
The 62-year-old actor, who is currently in Los Angeles, said he got to know about the breach from his friends in India and has alerted the microblogging site 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”, Kher said.
“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.
Hello there! I want to introduce ourselves first. In 2002, the Republic of Turkey to protect it from cyber-attacks and to combat terrorist organisations were founded. Turkey’s first cyber army of. We have 300,000s (sic), read a pinned tweet on Swapan Dasgupta’s handle.
DMs (Direct messages) were also sent to imminent journalists from the hacked accounts, which were being shared on Twitter.
Early this year, the Twitter account of India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin was also hacked by the same cyber army.
Cyber-attack is not a new strategy for terrorists in Pakistan, and government officials have been prime targets.
In 2016, a total of 199 government websites were hacked in India. More than 700 websites under the Indian government have been hacked from 2013 to 2016.
(Inputs from outlookindia)