Actor Anupam Kher on Tuesday said his Twitter account was hacked, and that the social media site temporarily deactivated it after he flagged it to them, PTI reported. Kher’s account was restored by Tuesday afternoon.
The 62-year-old actor, who is in Los Angeles, told PTI over a text message that his friends in India had informed him about his Twitter account being hacked. “Just got a few calls from friends in India about it. I am in LA and it is 1 am,” Kher told PTI.
Kher’s account could have been compromised after he clicked on a link from Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta in a direct message, according to reports. He said he opened the link as it was the first time Dasgupta had messaged him. However, Dasgupta’s account, too, was hacked by Turkish, pro-Pakistan hackers, the PTI report said.
“Your account has been hacked by the Turkish cyber army Ayyildiz Tim,” the hackers posted from Kher’s Twitter handle, according to DNA. “Your DM correspondence and important data have been captured! I Love Pakistan.”
The same group is also believed to have hacked Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary Ram Madhav’s Twitter account. His account is still active, with three new retweets about the operations of the hackers.
Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta was the third victim of the cyber attack. His account, which posted tweets saying “Love Pakistan” was suspended after the breach.
In response to the cyber attacks, Twitter Support said it was working to resolve the matter.