New Delhi: 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.
Hackers broke into the Air India’s official Twitter account early on Thursday, posting messages in Turkish language, including flight cancellation announcements.
“Last minute important announcement. All our flights have been cancelled. From now on, we will fly with Turkish Airlines,” read one of the messages from the hackers.
The group “I ayyAldAzt” claimed to be a Turkish Cypriot Army on their Twitter handle. “Your account has been hacked by the Turkish cyber army Ayyildiz Tim. Your DM correspondence and important data have been captured,” read another tweet before the official Air India Twitter handle was restored.
Air India has 1,46,000 followers on Twitter. An investigation in this regard has been initiated. The account got hacked in the wee hours of Thursday. The cyber attack came to heed late midnight 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.
Later, in a statement issued by the airline, it had confirmed that no flights have been cancelled as it was claimed in the earlier tweet.
“All Air India Passengers please note that no flights have been cancelled as claimed in the Tweet. Please bear with us,” read an official note.