11 June 2019
Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter account was hacked today, with those behind the cyber-attack completely changing his biodata; including his profile photo, cover photo and Twitter bio. Bachchan’s profile photo was changed to that of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Two different tweets were posted as well, tagging the Pakistan premier along with his photo, saying “Love Pakistan”. The tweets were accompanied with emojis of Pakistan and Turkey’s flags. Bachchan’s bio was modified to say the same thing as well.
At first glance, the hack seems to have been carried out by one or more Turkish groups.
Another tweet posted by the hackers from Bachchan’s account called to “condemn the behaviors of Iceland republic towards Turkish footballers”.
In yet another tweet, the hackers posted a link to an Instagram page, saying they were “waiting for your support.”
A spokesperson for Mumbai police said their cyber unit was informed of the hack and the matter was being investigated, reported news agency PTI. The account has been restored already.
The same group had earlier hacked the accounts of actors Shahid Kapoor and Anupam Kher, according to PTI.
Amitabh Bachchan is one of the most active Bollywood celebrities on Twitter. He has over 37 million followers on the micro-blogging site.