Sr. Bachchan’s Twitter account hacked by pro-Pak group, Mumbai Police launches probe
Mumbai police have launched a probe to trace the hackers who gained access to Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan’s verified Twitter handle on Monday and left pro-Pakistan messages.
Public Relation Officer (PRO) of Mumbai Police said concerned units have been notified and an investigation into the hack is currently underway.
“We have informed our cyber unit and Maharashtra Cyber about the hacked Twitter account of Amitabh Bachchan. They are investigating the matter. Further updates awaited,” the PRO said.
The Twitter account of senior Bachchan (@SrBachchan) was hacked late yesterday night by ‘pro-Pakistan’ Turkish hacker group, Ayyildiz Tim. With over 37 million followers, Sr. Bachchan is among the most followed celebrities on the micro-blogging platform.
The perpetrators pinned a tweet on the actor’s timeline, which read, “This is an important call to the whole world! We do condemn the irrespective behaviors of Iceland republic towards Turkish footballers. We speak softly but carry a big stick and inform you about the big Cyber attack here. As Ayyildiz Tim Turkish Cyber Armny +++”
The hackers praised and displayed their friendly relations with Pakistan while slamming India for alleged attacks on Muslims during the holy month of Ramzan.
They also appended ‘Love Pakistan’ at the end of Big B’s Twitter bio, which earlier read ‘Actor … well at least some are STILL saying so !!’
The hackers also changed the display picture of Bachchan to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“The Indian State, who mercilessly attacks the Muslims fasting in the month of Ramadan, is attacking the Ummah Muhammad in this age! Indian Muslims are entrusted to us by Abdulhamid,” they wrote in another tweet.
Within an hour of the hack, the account was recovered and the original profile picture and bio were restored. The controversial tweets were also deleted.
The hack soon became a trending topic on Twitter as scores of Indian and Pakistani netizens got embroiled in a war of words over the act.