Sitting behind a laptop with headphones on and his fingers blazing away at the keyboard a 20 something guy smiles sheepishly as his screen flashes. It now displays information nobody is allowed to have access to. Private photos, bank account details, emails, twitter accounts, he spares nothing. As long as his victim has vulnerabilities he will exploit them. He’s a hacker and they’ve been around since the internet was born.
Cyber criminals are omnipresent on the internet. From next door neighbors to celebrities they can hack anybody who’s not careful enough. Celebrities included. Read on as we bring you a list of famous personalities who’s accounts were hacked in the recent past.
Unarguably the most actively followed politician on twitter. Shashi tharoor’s followers on twitter were in for a rude shock to find a series of bizarre tweets from his account aimed at Pakistani columnist Mehr Tarar. The incident caught Mr. Tharoor completely off-guard ad left him in quite a mess. His account was deactivated for a few days to sort the mess out.
Here’s few of his tweets that went viral
@mehrtarar I love you, Shashi Tharoor. And I go while in love with you, irrevocably, irreversibly, hamesha. Bleeding, but always your Mehr
@mehrtarar sadly my wife @sptvrock who gave up everything for me found out about my affair with u Mehr
On 26th January 2014 Poonam Pandey tweeted “ALERT! ALERT! HELP HELP … My Website got Hacked & They have asked to raise Voice for Kashmir :(( wht to do? Plz Help.”
The hackers got control of her website and wrote ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ on the homepage.
She said, “I was shocked to know that someone had hacked my website. I registered a complaint in this regard. I want to know who the hacker is and why he maligned me. It is very stressful and hurting as it involved a national issue.”
The model was really upset after the incident and filed a complaint with the police.
Even one of Bollywood’s famous directors and talk-show hosts wasn’t spared the hackers wrath. Karan Johar’s twitter account was hacked too. The hacker didn’t stop there, he went ahead tweeting other film-stars using KJO’s handle and created quite a scene. Here’s what KJO posted later on the internet
Johar posted: “So something weird happening to my Twitter account It’s sending random DM’s to the twitterati. Please be warned. Even KRK’s account is hacked!”
Inspired by the Mukesh Ambani incident, another 22-yr old CA student from Noida gave hacking a shot and succeeded to get access into Indian Skipper, MS Dhoni’s IT records. Being the second such incident in a gap of just a few weeks triggered a nation-wide concern about how secure the internet is.
Being a celebrity comes with a lot of benefits and a few side effects. And therefore it’s not strange that India’s most popular and evergreen actor tweeted something like this.
“T 1980 -WHOA !..My Twitter handle hacked ! Sex sites planted as ‘following’ ! Whoever did this, try someone else, buddy, I don’t need this !”
The hacker after accessing Big B’s account made it appear as if Big B was following sex site handles, a move that left his twitterati fans completely hazed. Fortunately, Big B recovered the account soon and not a lot of damage was done.
Shruti’s Facebook account was hacked in March this year. The incident created quite a stir on social media as the hacker who was Kriti Sanon’s fan posted 13 Instagram pictures of Kriti sanon on Shruti’ Hasan’s Facebook Page.
The incident did not go well with Shruti who tweeted this:
“Attention ! Some jackass has hacked my Facebook account and we are working on fixing it ! Till then . Kindly ignore ! Thanks
The reliance tycoon was in for a rude shock when his IT accounts were hacked by a 19-yr old CA student. Although the information revealed was not really damaging, It opened a lot of eyes about how even the VVIPs are not secure in the big-bad world of the internet.