PM Modi’s twitter hacked, hacker tweets ‘Bitcoin legalised in India’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal Twitter handle was “very briefly compromised”, the Prime Minister`s Office (PMO) said in a tweet on Sunday.

“The Twitter handle of PM @narendramodi was very briefly compromised. The matter was escalated to Twitter and the account has been immediately secured. In the brief period that the account was compromised, any tweet shared must be ignored,” PMO India said in a tweet.

The account, with more than 73.4 million followers, has now been restored.

The hacker tweeted from PM’s handle that the government had bought 500 bitcoins, which it was “distributing” to all residents of the country. The said tweet also had a link to a blog, which a postscript which said “The future has come today”.

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Microblogging site Twitter has issued a clarification saying that they took necessary steps to secure the compromised handle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as soon as they became aware of this activity.

“We have 24X7 open lines of communication with the PM’s Office and our teams took necessary steps to secure the compromised account as soon as we became aware of this activity,” the Twitter spokesperson said.

“Our investigation has revealed that there are no signs of any other impacted accounts at this time,” the spokesperson added.

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This is the second time in less than two years that Modi’s account has been hacked and tweets with links to cryptocurrency have been shared. In September 2020, the twitter account linked to the prime minister’s personal website and app had sent out Tweets asking for donations to the Prime Minister’s Covid relief fund through cryptocurrency.

In July last year, the Twitter accounts of former president of the US Barack Obama, former vice-president and present president of the US Joe Biden, singer and rapper Kanye West, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Tesla chief Elon Musk sent out the same tweets which said that if people sent bitcoins on a certain link, these people would double their money.

With inputs from IANS