Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Instagram account was briefly hacked on Monday by cryptocurrency scammers who shared a post praising Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk for “donating” three bitcoins, according to reports of the media
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief’s Instagram account was soon recovered with the help of Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, PTI’s social media chief Arslan Khalid told the newspaper Dawn.
Khalid said he himself monitored Khan’s account where the hackers shared a cryptocurrency link with his 7.4 million followers.
Khalid said the hackers also shared a screenshot of a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Fraudsters often impersonate the billionaire 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.
Khan’s Instagram profile also shared a story with a screenshot of Musk’s tweet about winning USD 100,000.
PTI chairman’s verified account thanked the Space X chief in the story published by the hackers. The same story was also published as an Instagram post that has now been removed.
The alleged tweet from Musk’s account was not found on his official handle.
Khan is not the only PTI member whose account has been hacked this year, according to the Pakistan Observer newspaper. Last week, PTI general secretary and former federal planning minister Asad Umar’s Twitter account was hacked. The account was recovered after several hours.