Industrialist Ratan Tata on Saturday tweeted that his account had been hacked and a “spurious” tweet with “malicious intent” was published. In a statement issued, Tata said: “shocked that my Twitter account was hacked yesterday and a spurious malicious was wrongly attributed to me. This spurious tweet has now been deleted and my Twitter account restored. I regret the inconvenience that this malicious and wrongful action may have caused,” he tweeted.
Tata was referring to a tweet by @realhistorypic, a parody sarcasm Twitter account, that was retweeted from his account, allegedly by a hacker. The tweet in question was a picture showing Reliance Industries Chief Mukesh Ambani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi together with the caption: Owner of Network 18 welcoming his employee to address people how (sic) cronies are going to halt inflation. The tweet also had Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tagged in it.
The tweet took users by surprise given that Ratan Tata rarely uses his account – his last tweet was September 1, and the one before that was in February this year.
Shocked my a/c was hacked yesterday & spurious tweet sent with malicious intent.Tweet deleted, a/c restored. C link. pic.twitter.com/L0HKIy4nHC
— Ratan N. Tata (@RNTata2000) September 10, 2016
There have been, however, several allegations of accounts being hacked over the last few weeks. On Friday, Trai chairman RS Sharma’s account was hacked, with a tweet that read: “I like dum ways to die because it is most funny.” In August this year superstar Rajinikanth’s Twitter account was hacked by a techie following which a clarification had to be issued. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, too, wasn’t spared. His Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked by a group called “OurMine Team”.
— Aishwaryaa.R.Dhanush (@ash_r_dhanush) August 2, 2016
On Sunday, Twitter users complained that an App belonging to Outlook Magazine was ‘hacking’ their Twitter account.
While what appears to be the case is that the Outlook apps have gained permission to access a user’s Twitter account and read as well as post tweets on their behalf. It wasn’t established though that the Outlook app did indeed post tweets on behalf of a user, without their knowledge.
— Niranjan Patil (@njnrn) September 11, 2016
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