Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Instagram account was briefly hacked on Monday by crypto scammers who shared a post praising Tesla Motors Founder Elon Musk for “donating” three bitcoins. , according to media reports.
The Instagram account of the Pakistani head Tehreek-e-Insaf was soon restored with the help of Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, PTI social media head Arslan Khalid told Dawn.
Arslan Khalid said he himself followed Imran Khan’s account, where hackers shared a cryptocurrency link with his 7.4 million followers.
Arslan Khalid said the hackers also shared a screenshot of a tweet from Tesla chief executive Elon Musk.
This billionaire is often impersonated by scammers to cash in on his interest in cryptocurrencies.
The former prime minister’s Instagram account shared a post praising Tesla Motors Founder Elon Musk for “donating” three bitcoins.
Imran Khan’s Instagram profile also shared a story with a screenshot of Musk’s tweet about winning $100,000.
The PTI president’s verified account thanked the Space X boss in the story posted by the hacker.
The same story was also posted as an Instagram post and has now been deleted.
The alleged tweet from Elon Musk’s account could not be found on his official handle.
Khan is not the only PTI member whose account has been hacked this year, according to the Pakistan Observer.
Last week, the Twitter account of PTI Secretary General and former Federal Planning Minister, Asad Umar, was hacked. The account was restored after a few hours.
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