PM’s Official Handle gets Hacked, Promotes Bitcoin Link

Narendra Modi’s official handle tweeted a false claim claiming, India had officially adopted Bitcoin as the legal tender, and that the country has bought the digital currency which it would distribute to citizens.

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The Tweet by the handle (in pic)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official Twitter account was hacked and compromised briefly, as per Prime Minister’s Office tweet on December 12.
Last Night, Narendra Modi’s official handle tweeted a false claim claiming, India had officially adopted Bitcoin as the legal tender, and that the country has bought the digital currency which it would distribute to citizens
The PMO on the incident tweeted, “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,”

Twitter on the Incident reacted that it was not a ‘breach of Twitter systems’. Twitter stated,
“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. Our investigation has revealed that there are no signs of any other impacted accounts at this time,”

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has initiated the Indian Computer Emergency Response System (Cert-In) for a full-scale investigation headed by a senior official. The final report will be published by the ministry soon.

This is the second time when such a crypto hack for PM Modi’s official has been done. In September 2020, the Twitter account linked to the prime minister’s website and app had sent out Tweets asking for donations to the Prime Minister’s Covid relief fund through cryptocurrency. Such cyber-attacks are getting common day by day.

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