• December 2, 2020

Indian PM Narendra Modi’s Twitter Account Has Been Hacked

Twitter has stated that an account for the private site of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been hacked.

A string of tweets was shipped from the account, asking followers to contribute cryptocurrency into a relief fund.

Twitter said it had been aware of the action and had taken steps to secure the compromised account.

This is the most recent high-profile safety breach following similar attacks in July on US presidential hopeful Joe Biden and Tesla founder Elon Musk.

With over 2.5m followers, the account is the official Twitter handle for Mr. Modi’s individual website.

His private Twitter account, which was unaffected by this incident, has over 61m followers.

“We are actively investigating the situation. We’re unaware of additional accounts being affected,” a Twitter spokeswoman told the BBC in an emailed statement.

The tweets that have been removed asked followers to contribute cryptocurrency to the PM National Relief Fund.

Celebrity attacks

Less than two weeks ago, Twitter stated 130 accounts were targeted at a significant cyber-attack of star accounts. But just a”small subset” of these 130 accounts had control captured by the attacker.

The security breach saw accounts such as those of Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Kanye West, and Bill Gates tweet a Bitcoin scam to countless followers. The FBI was called in to investigate.

The obvious scam spread to mainstream star accounts like Kim Kardashian West and those of corporations Apple and Uber.

Attackers managed to skip the accounts’ security since they’d gained access to Twitter’s own internal management tools.

Twitter said: “Since the assault, we have significantly limited access to our internal tools and systems to ensure continuing account security while we finish our investigation.”

Despite it being evident to many that it was a scam, the hackers obtained countless transfers, worth more than $100,000.

Cryptocurrencies are extremely tough to trace, and the account that the cyber-criminals utilized had quickly been emptied.

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