Hackers share details of Amitabh Bachchan’s account on dark web: police

Hacker believed to have taken over singer Adnan Sami’s account too.

June 11, 2019 10:52 pm | Updated June 12, 2019 12:22 am IST - Mumbai

Amitabh Bachchan (right) and Adnan Sami. File

Amitabh Bachchan (right) and Adnan Sami. File

Hours after the Twitter account of actor Amitabh Bachchan was hacked on Monday, Indian cybercrime agencies came across chatter on the dark web claiming responsibility for the act. On Tuesday, the same hackers allegedly hacked the Twitter account of singer Adnan Sami.

Mr. Bachchan’s account, @SrBachchan, was hacked late on Monday and his display picture was replaced with that of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. A tweet on the account said, “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 Armny +++.”

Probe launched

The cyberpolice in Mumbai and the Maharashtra Cyber Crime Cell had initiated investigation into the matter.

Sources confirmed to The Hindu that a couple of hours after the account was hacked, chatter on the dark web attributed the act to a Middle Eastern hacker, who was widely lauded on the dark web through the night.

“We observed certain elements boasting about the hack on the dark web. Sensitive details about the hacked account were also shared,” Special Inspector General of Police Brijesh Singh (Maharashtra Cyber), told The Hindu .

Working in collaboration with Twitter authorities, the police restored Mr. Bachchan’s account on Tuesday morning.

Same culprit

Meanwhile, on Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Sami’s account was hacked supposedly by the same culprit. Mr. Sami’s display picture was also replaced with Mr. Khan’s, and a tweet was posted which said, “Who ever shows courage to betrayal our brother country Pakistan know that you will see Pakistan’s prime ministers photo and pakistan flag as profile picture [sic].”

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