Last night, a group of Turkish hackers took over Bollywood actor and Indian cultural icon Amitabh Bachchan‘s Twitter account, and posted tweets about the purportedly harsh treatment Turkish soccer players have faced at the hands of Iceland recently. Bachchan’s account has more than 37 million followers, more than Hilary Clinton’s Twitter followers.
The group – which calls itself Ayyildiz Tim Turkish Cyber Armny (sic) – changed Bachchan‘s profile picture to a photo of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. It even changed the actor’s bio to “Love Pakistan” with an emoji of a Turkish flag.
The hackers pinned a tweet saying “We condemn the behaviors of Iceland republic towards Turkish footballers. We speak softly but carry a big stick and inform you about the big Cyber attack here.”
The group even posted a tweet condemning the Indian government for its approach towards Muslims. The tweet seemingly doesn’t refer to a specific incident. Notably, India’s ruling party, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), has taken a pro-Hindu approach in recent times.
Retired super cop & BJP politician @thekiranbediTC Twitter hacked after BJP politician @rammadhavbjp, Bollywood actor @AnupamPKher, diplomat @AkbaruddinIndia, journalist @swapan55 & economist @kaushikcbasu. Pakistani hackers under a Turkey false flag? pic.twitter.com/cNafnZqlxe
— Aveek Sen (@aveeksen) February 6, 2018
A Mumbai Police spokesperson told news agency PTI that its cybercrime unit is investigating the hack.
While the actor’s profile is restored now, it goes to show that anyone can fall prey to hackers – and that you should definitely enable two-factor authentication to protect your own Twitter account.