Pakistani Politician Imran Khan’s Instagram Account Used To Promote Crypto Giveaway Scam – Featured Bitcoin News

Pakistani Politician Imran Khan’s Instagram Account Used To Promote Crypto Giveaway Scam – Featured Bitcoin News
Pakistani Politician Imran Khan’s Instagram Account Used To Promote Crypto Giveaway Scam – Featured Bitcoin News

Imran Khan, a former prime minister of Pakistan and current chairman of one of the country’s largest political parties, has confirmed that his Instagram account was compromised and hackers used it to promote a cryptocurrency scam.

Imran Khan’s Instagram account hacked, used to promote crypto scam

Imran Khan, a former Pakistani prime minister and current chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), one of the largest political parties in the country, reportedly confirmed that his Instagram account was hacked on Monday.

He told the Dawn publication that his account was soon restored with the help of Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram. He explained that he himself monitors the account, which has 7.4 million followers, and noted that the hackers posted a cryptocurrency link and a screenshot of a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to the account.

The cryptocurrency link posted on the politician’s account leads to a crypto giveaway site featuring Musk and his company Spacex. Scammers claim to be giving away bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH), dogecoin (DOGE) and litecoin (LTC).

Crypto giveaway site linked by Imran Khan’s Instagram account.

Cryptocurrency giveaway scams are very common on popular social media platforms including Youtube and Twitter. Many of them have famous people and companies, such as Musk, Tesla, Spacex, Apple, Tim cook, Steve Wozniak, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. Sometimes they feature executives from crypto companies, including Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong.

In July 2020, Wozniak sued Youtube and Google for promoting bitcoin giveaway scams using his image and name. However, he subsequently lost the lawsuit. “Youtube and its parent, Google LLC, are protected by the federal law that protects internet platforms from liability for content posted by users,” the judge ruled in the case.

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In July, the British Army’s official YouTube and Twitter accounts were compromised, and hackers similarly used them to promote their crypto scam.

In an effort to combat fraud, several crypto firms, including Binance and Circle, launched a crypto-fraud reporting platform in May to allow “everyone in the crypto-economy to alert others to scams, hacks or other fraudulent activity when they encounter it.”

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Kevin Helms

A student of Austrian economics, Kevin found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in Bitcoin security, open source systems, network effects and the intersection of finance and cryptography.

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