Merely a few hours after the official Twitter account Economist Kaushik Basu and Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta were hacked, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher’s account was taken over allegedly by Pro-Pak Turkish groups. The hackers continued to upload an image of the ‘Turkish cyber army’ flag along with a caption.
Currently, the account has been suspended by Twitter. The blue tick, which implies a verified account, has also disappeared from Anupam Kher’s before it was eventually temporarily shut down by the social networking giant.
Moments after the newsbreak, Anupam Kher said, "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 said he received a link from Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta in a direct message, a first-ever from him on Tuesday, which he clicked upon.
"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.
In the wee hours of Tuesday, economist Kaushik Basu and Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta's Twitter handles were allegedly hacked by Turkish Pro-Pak hackers.
The incident came to light after followers and friends of Kaushik Basu and Swapan Dasgupta took to Twitter to warn against messages and posts being received from both the handles.
According to Twitter users, DMs (Direct messages) were also sent to an array of journalists and followers from the hacked accounts.
Earlier on January 14, two photographs of Pakistan's flag and the neighbour country's President Mamnoon Hussain were posted from the Twitter account of India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin’s hacked account. The account was later restored along with the blue tick and the questionable tweets were also removed.