Imran Khan's official Instagram account was compromised

The official Instagram account of the Ex-PM of Pakistan, Imran Khan, was briefly hacked by crypto scammers. The general manager of the disbanded Digital Media Wing (DMW), Imran Ghazali, has confirmed the news that Imran Khan’s official Instagram account was hacked and that he was working with Meta — the parent company of Instagram — to restore it.

Imran Khan’s Official Instagram Account was Hacked by Crypto Scammers 

As soon as Imran Khan’s official Instagram account was hacked, the crypto scammers posted a promotional tweet regarding cryptocurrency that was linked to Tesla CEO, Elon Musk’s, fake crypto account. The promotional tweet was posted from the ex-prime minister’s official account to his Instagram feed and story. Currently, Imran khan has 7.4 million followers on Instagram which is even bigger than Ali Zafar’s Instagram following, who is called the heartthrob of Pakistan.

This is the second consecutive incident in a week where official accounts of prominent PTI leaders were hacked. Recently, the official Twitter account of PTI Secretary General and former Federal Planning Minister, Asad Umar, was hacked, which was recovered after a few hours. Last week, another Twitter account of a Pro-PTI journalist, Imran Riaz Khan, was hacked which was also recovered later.

Read more: Twitter Account of Famous Journalist Imran Riaz Khan Hacked

Account Recovered 

A few minutes ago, Ghazali informed that Imran Khan’s official Instagram account has been successfully recovered. He said in a tweet; “The Instagram account of @ImranKhanPTI is now recovered.” Moreover, he confirmed that no hacking attempts were made on any other accounts of the PTI chairman and the Instagram handle was restored within 15 minutes.

In May 2021, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said that it is a type of scam, where people are told to send a certain amount of cryptocurrency to a celebrity and they will get more in return. According to FTC, “People have reported sending more than $2 million in cryptocurrency to Elon Musk impersonators over just the past six months.”


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