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Twitter handle of India's UN envoy Akbaruddin hacked; restored

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The account of Syed was hacked early today, with the unperturbed Indian to the UN asserting that it would take more than a hack to keep him down. The unidentified hackers, suspected to be based overseas, posted two pictures and a video, and changed the name of Akbaruddin's account from @AkbaruddinIndia to @AkbaruddinSyed. Akbaruddin, India's ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations, has more than 66,000 followers on After the hack was noticed, briefly blocked his handle. The account was later restored by the which also launched a probe. All the hacked tweets were also deleted. thanked and said that it would take more than a hack to keep him down. "I'm back.

It will take more than a hack to keep me down. Thanks to and many others who helped," said in a tweet. Netizens noticed the cyber attack and retweeted the two photos and the video posted from Akbaruddin's hacked account. One of the tweets posted by the hackers had a photo of Pakistan's sitting next to a table with a photograph of its founder Another photo had emoticons of the flags of and The video song of Raj Kapoor's "Awara Hoon" was also posted by the hackers. As per the tweets posted by his hacked account, the hacker claimed to be from and in "love" with "You are hacked by the Turkish cyber army Ayyildiz Tim! We got your DM correspondence! We will show you the power of the Turk! I Love Pakistan," the hacker said in his message which included emoticons of the flags of and Akbaruddin, 57, as the of the Ministry of External Affairs (2012-2015), was among the firsts to start using social media, and as part of the ministry's outreach and public diplomacy. Through his low-profile but aggressive diplomatic style, has ensured diplomatic isolation of at the UN. Last year, he was instrumental in the unexpected victory of India's candidate (Dalveer Bhandari) for the International Court of Justice against a formidable It was for the first time that a of the was defeated by a non-

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 20:35 IST