Veteran Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has always been very active on social media. Telling his stories from the early days of his life and his career, to day-to-day happenings around the world, the actor seems to enjoy sharing some bits and pieces of his life, with his 37.4 million followers. He also documents his tweets with numbers for each. However, on late Monday evening, the superstar's Twitter account was hacked. Screenshots posted online which were shared by multiple social media users show that the pro-Pakistan Turkish hacker group who call themselves Ayyildiz Tim are to be blamed for the attack. The account's display picture was also replaced and changed to that of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The account has since been recovered from the hackers.
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सिर्फ शब्दों से न करना,
किसी के वजूद की पहचान
हर कोई , उतना कह नही पाता
जितना समझता और महसूस करता है... ~ Ef sp
"express not just in words the existence of one ; not everyone has the capability to say what they understand and feel " ~ ab pic.twitter.com/WfAgosafqd— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 11, 2019
However, once it was hacked, apart from changing the display picture, the same photo of the Pakistani Prime Minister was tweeted with a caption, "Love Pakistan," which was followed by a heart emoji and flags of Pakistan and Turkey. Khan was also tagged in the photo. Moreover, the hackers also altered Bachchan's bio on Twitter, which then read: "Actor... well at least some are STILL saying so!!! Love Pakistan." This was followed by an emoji depicting the Turkish flag. But that's not all what Ayyildiz Tim did.
The group of hackers also sent out a warning and threatened Iceland. The tweet, posted along with a photo of Ayyildiz Tim's logo, 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 Ayyıldız Tim Turkish Cyber Army."
Trolls who took screenshots of the tweets and photos posted, then started poking fun. They, obviously, got to making memes as well. Some targeted Bachchan's rumoured affair with Rekha, while also dragging in his son, Abhishek Bachchan.
While others shared old photos and videos of Amitacbh and Khan.
Upon learning of the cyber attack, the Bachchan family then informed the cyber cell, Maharastra Cyber that the 76-year-old actor's Twitter account was hacked. The Mumbai Police along with the cyber cell launched their efforts to gain access back to the star's account. The Mumbai Police PRO also confirmed, "We have informed our cyber unit and Maharashtra Cyber about the hacked Twitter account of Amitabh Bachchan. They are investigating the matter." A few minutes later, at 12.20am, Indian Standard Time, the account was restored. The tweets and images posted by the hackers were also wiped clean, however, Bachchan has not clarified or tweeted upon regaining access to his account yet.