Amitabh Bachchan’s account was recently hacked. A French security researcher pointed to a user who goes by the handle @NoyanAyt2002 as the person behind the hack.
Bollywood Shahenshah is quite active on twitter and regularly tweets about various things, including films of course. Bachchan’s account has more than 37 million followers.
A group of Turkish hackers took over Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan‘s Twitter account, and posted tweets about the harsh treatment Turkish soccer players have faced at the hands of Iceland recently.
The hackers 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 group even posted a tweet condemning the Indian government for its approach towards Muslims.
French security researcher who uses the pseudonym Elliot Alderson pointed to a user who goes by the name Kerem Sah Noyan on Twitter and uses the handle @NoyanAyt2002 as the person behind the hack.
“Few hours ago, the account of @SrBachchan with his 37.4M followers has been hacked. There is a high probability that the hacker is @NoyanAyt2002,” Alderson tweeted. “Guess who is the last person followed by @SrBachchan? Obviously @NoyanAyt2002,” he added. “To sum up: The hacker of @SrBachchan’s account is @NoyanAyt2002. He is part of team called “Turkish Cyber Army Ayyildiz Tim”. He hacked at least 8 “big” Twitter accounts before that including @dalermehndi, @divyadutta25, @ErosNow, @bmwindia, @dalermehndi, @yanisvaroufakis,” Alderson added.
One of the memes doing the rounds after Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter account was hacked.
— Ashar (@AsharAhmr) June 10, 2019
Kareena Kapoor’s fan hacks into her I-Tax account to get her phone number
You PAN number can be (mis)used to log in to your income-tax account. That’s what Kareena Kapoor realised recently.
A die-hard 26-year old fan of Kareena Kapoor hacked into her I-tax account hoping to get her telephone number, is finally arrested by Mumbai’s cyber cell.
Kareena Kapoor is not only one of the leading actresses in Bollywood, she also has a hefty bank-balance (being one of the highest paid actresses in Bollywood). So when her CA (Chartered Accountant) found out that Kareena’s I-tax account has been hacked, he wasted no time to get in touch with Mumbai Police Cyber Cell department.
The Mumbai Police’s Cyber Cell immediately spring into action and managed to nab the culprit, who happens to be from the Paramilitary forces (these guys understand technology and networking well).
But why did the die-hard fan hack into Kareena’s income tax account?
The accused desperately wanted to talk to Kareena Kapoor, and while he could not get Kareena’s phone number, he did manage to get her PAN card details while searching online for her mobile number.
Using the PAN card number, he hacked into Kareena Kapoor’s income tax account hoping to find her contact number.
When Kareena Kapoor’s CA realised that he was not able to access the account, he approached the BKC Cyber police station.
This only highlights the importance of making sure your PAN card is used for the right purposes (make sure you sign the zerox copy of your PAN, and mention the purpose on it).
Sonakshi Sinha orders headphones online, gets junk (iron piece) instead
Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha, whose father Shatrughan Sinha is a politician (and former actor), recently ordered premium headphones on amazon India, but instead received piece of junk (iron piece).
She expressed her displeasure by posting it on social media.
“Hey Amazon India! Look what I got instead of the Bose headphones I ordered! Properly packed and unopened box, looked legit… but only on the outside. Oh and your customer service doesn’t even want to help, that’s what makes it even worse,” Sonakshi posted on Twitter.
— Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) December 11, 2018
When Bollywood celebs fell victim to online frauds
Online shopping has grown big time all over the world, and even in India its growing fast. But then there are certain things that you need to keep in mind, to ensure the experience doesn’t turn out to be a sour one.
But before we list the safety precautions, lets take a look at the Bollywood celebs who have fallen victim to online frauds in the past.
Nargis Fakhri Loses Rs 6 Lakh in Online Fraud
14 transactions were made through Nargis Fakhri’s credit card in the US (amounting to Rs. 6 lakh) while she was in Mumbai. The officials have filed the complaint under the sections of Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act.
Karan Singh Grover Falls Prey to Nigerian Online Lottery Scam
Bollywood actor Karan Singh Grover fell prey to the notorious Nigerian online lottery scam and lost Rs 5.6 lakh which was paid by him as ‘processing fees’ to claim his ‘winning prize money’.
The payment was made following an email received by him informing that he has won a lottery online. After making the said payment, the actor never received the promised sum and when he contacted his fraudsters they just disappeared.
Top Tips for Safe Shopping on Online Classifieds Marketplace
Here are some useful tips for safe shopping on online classifieds marketplace such as OLX and Quickr that will prevent you from becoming a victim of online fraud.
Most of these tips apply to buying used/second-hand products that are sold on sites like OLX and Quickr. On these sites, there you can find several used-items such as mobile phones, two-wheelers, four-wheelers, camera and laptops, that are put up for sale.
Although some of those deals can be very tempting, you need to be cautious to prevent being a victim of online fraud. Even the police are warning buyers before buying expensive used products online.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Don’t pay money before seeing the actual product in person. Particularly, those would like to purchase they should the working condition of these products before making a purchase.
- Buyers and sellers are advised to meet in person and check the quality of the product before paying for it.
- Buyers should also be careful about sellers who refuse to meet in person as they could be fraudsters.
- Buyers should not trust those who insist them to send an advance or make payment online before getting the product.
- Never trust any seller who tries to convince through video calls that he lives abroad and wish to sell products.
- Never deal with sellers who refuse to reveal their address and contact number.
- Never do online transactions or send cheques to sellers.
- Never reveal your bank account number or any other information related to it to sellers.
- Buyers should not trust anyone who attempts to sell products at a lesser price claiming to be at the customs, airport or harbor.
- If cheated online, people should bring it to the notice of the police and lodge a formal complaint.