Imran Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), had his Instagram account hacked for a short period of time on Monday. The hackers used his account to post a link to a cryptocurrency on his profile.
Arslan Khalid, the social media manager for the PTI, made the statement via Meta, the parent company of both Facebook and Instagram. He reported that Imran Khan’s account was quickly reactivated.
In an interview with the New York Times, Arslan Khalid said that Imran Khan’s Twitter account had 7.4 million followers when the hackers offered them a link to bitcoin.
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Reason behind the hack
Con artists capitalise on the passion that billionaires have for cryptocurrency. In an Instagram post, he extended his gratitude to Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, for “donating three bitcoins.” Khan also posted a screenshot of Musk’s tweet announcing his win of $100,000 on Instagram.
The chairman of PTI was said to have lauded Space X’s CEO in a statement that was released by the hackers. This article was also published on Instagram; however, it has been removed from the feed on the site after it was first published there.
The official Twitter account of Elon Musk did not include any of the tweets that were said to be there. According to a report that was published in Pakistan Observer, the personal accounts of at least one more member of the PTI had been compromised this year.
A Twitter user by the name of Asad Umar had his account hacked into the previous week, which resulted in the exposure of his personal information. Following a protracted investigation, the lost account was located.