Air India Twitter account hacked, restored

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Air India's Twitter handle's cover image was also changed to a photo of a Turkish Airlines plane.

One of the posts by the hackers read, "Last minute important announcement".

As a result of the hacking, several AI vendors received messages from the account, asking them to see the message that the airline was sending.

Air India's official Twitter account was at the receiving end of a cyberattack Thursday morning after a series of tweets posted on the handle claimed that all its flights were canceled.

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Air India's Official Twitter handle has 1,46,000 followers. Ayyildiz Tim is a Turkish hacker group that had claimed responsibility for compromising the Twitter accounts of Indian public figures such as economist Kaushik Basu, actor Anupam Kher and politician Kiran Bedi this February. However, according to latest updates, the airline's Twitter handle has been fully restored. "We have commenced our investigation into the matter", the official told IANS here.

Meanwhile, the national carrier issued an official statement confirming the hack. "All malicious content was removed on a war-footing", he said in a statement. "It is expected that normalcy would be restored soon", it read.

"The Air India official Twitter handle @airindiain has been hacked late last night with a malafide intent to mislead passengers..." All Air India flights are operating as per schedule.

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