Air India’s official Twitter account was hacked around midnight on Thursday, March 15. The hackers tweeted several times from the account and even changed the name of the handle. The change in the name of the handle led to the account losing its verification for the time being.
The hack only lasted a few minutes and the account name which was changed to @airindiaTR was reverted back to @airindiain.
Among the several tweets that were sent out from the account by the hacker, the most remarkable one stated, “Last minute important announcement: All our flights have been cancelled. From now we will fly with Turkish Airlines.” The cover image of the account was changed to an image of Turkish Airlines as well.
Besides this, there were multiple tweets in Turkish and the account was used to retweet multiple tweets from the AyyıldızTim handle. One of the tweets read, “Your account has been hacked by the Turkish cyber army Ayyildiz Tim. Your DM correspondence and important data have been captured.”
The tweets have now been removed and the handle seems to be back to normal. Air India is yet to make an official statement about the incident.
The ayyıldızt group that hacked the account claims to be a part of Turkish Cypriot Army. The group has previously been reported to be linked to the hacks of Twitter accounts of actor Anupam Kher, Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Das Gupta, Puducherry LG Kiran Bedi, and BJP general secretary Ram Madhav.
Twitter has been facing the brunt of hacker for a while now and have take many steps to curb the problem. Twitter responded to the hacks and tweeted from the support handle on February 6 by saying, “Our teams are working to resolve an issue affecting a small number of Indian users. We will notify affected account holders directly.”