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Economist Wahiduddin Mahmud's Facebook account hacked

Staff Correspondent
29 Sep 2022 22:39:06 | Update: 29 Sep 2022 22:48:54
Economist Wahiduddin Mahmud's Facebook account hacked

Renowned economist and former caretaker government advisor Dr Wahiduddin Mahmud's Facebook account has been hacked.

The account was hacked probably on September 24, according to the economist, and till now it was not recovered although a post on his Facebook account read, “My Facebook account has been restored - Thanks to the police”.

While talking to The Business Post on Thursday, the prominent economist claimed the very post was given by hackers to mislead others. “In fact, I have yet to get my account back.”

The former Dhaka University professor, meanwhile, filed a general diary (GD) with the Dhanmondi police station on September 27.

According to the GD, the social media account of Dr Wahiduddin was hacked 'perhaps' on September 24.

“When I tried to log into my Facebook account on 27 Sept, I found that my password did not work, and in reply to ‘forgot password?’ two email numbers [addresses] appeared, none of which was mine,” it said.

“In communicating with them (hackers), they also got picture of my passport and NID [national identity card].”

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Dr Wahiduddin told The Business Post that he could not identify who or which group hacked his Facebook account. “But the hackers did not demand any money.”

The economist said he is not interested in getting back the account now. “Instead, the cybercrime unit of the police should try to close the account.”

He, however, requested all to ignore any unpleasant message, if sent, from his account.

Wahiduddin Mahmood writes regularly on his Facebook page about various aspects of the country's economy, society and contemporary issues.