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Air India’s official Twitter account hacked; later restored

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Mumbai

National carrier Air India on Thursday said that it has “restored” its official Twitter handle after it was hacked.

According to a senior airline official, Air India has commenced its investigation into the matter.

“The official Twitter handle has been restored (after it was hacked). We have commenced our investigation into the matter,” the official told IANS here.

The official Twitter handle of national carrier Air India was hacked last night. The cyber attack came to heed late midnight on Thursday after a series of tweets, including one, in particular, claiming cancellation of all Air India flights was tweeted by the official account of the airline. As per the latest information the Twitter handle is ‘fully functional now.’

After many hours of being hacked, Air India said in the afternoon that the account has been restored.

Messages in Turkish language were posted on the handle @airindiain to mislead passengers, an Air India spokesperson said, adding that all the malicious contents posted on the handle have been removed.

“Early today #AirIndia twitter handle @airindiain was hacked. We would like to inform our passengers, that the handle is fully functional now,” the airline said in a tweet at little past 1220 hours.

The airlines tweeted from its official handle, “Early today Air India twitter handle was hacked. We would like to inform our passengers, that the handle is fully functional now. Further there is no cyber security threat on this handle and security measures have been taken. Thank you Twitter, Twitter India.”

There is no cyber security threat on this handle and security measures have been taken, the airline said, adding “Thank you @Twitter @TwitterIndia”.

Air India has 1,46,000 followers on Twitter.

When contacted, a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement, “We take account security and privacy very seriously. Our teams are working to resolve the immediate issue in India, and on a range of longer-term solutions”.

Pro-Turkish tweets were shared on the account, one of the tweet read, “Your account has been hacked by the Turkish cyber army Ayyildiz Tim. Your DM correspondence and important data have been captured.”

Another tweet, which was pinned to the page read, “Last minute important announcement: All our flights have been cancelled. From now we will fly with Turkish Airlines.”

The statement came before Air Indias tweet on restoring the Twitter handle.

In the morning, the spokesperson said Air India immediately swung into action and took up the matter with the Twitter authorities. “All malicious content was removed on a war-footing,” he said in a statement.

One of the posts by the hackers read, “Last minute important announcement. All our flights have been cancelled. From now on, we will fly with Turkish Airlines”.

Against this backdrop, the spokesperson had said that all Air India flights are operating as per schedule and requested passengers to ignore any misleading and mischievous communication on operations.

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