on September 2nd, 202o, PM Modi’s personal Twitter account was hacked for a Bitcoin-related scam.
According to state officials, the account was restored promptly. However, the hacker had sufficient time to post a fake tweet on the PM’s behalf, informing the country that India has accepted Bitcoin as a legal tender, and the government has purchased 500 BTC, which it will distribute between the citizens.
This tweet reached out to over 73 million followers of the Indian PM before it was deleted and the account was restored. Officials claim that the Twitter account hack is currently being investigated, and Twitter has been notified about the incident.
According to a tweet from Narendra Modi’s office on Sunday,
“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.”
The false tweet stated that Indian has officially legalized Bitcoin, which hints at the fact that the hacker could be pro-crypto. In November, Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated that the Indian government hadn’t recognized Bitcoin as an official legal tender.
The government is currently considering regulating cryptocurrencies while many cabinet members request to ban crypto. The hacker perhaps wanted to compel the nation to urge the authorities to legalize cryptocurrency, but it was definitely not the right way to do that.
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 (@PMOIndia) December 11, 2021
Twitter claims that none of its systems was breached in the hack and stated that the lines of communication with the Indian PM are open round-the-clock.
The account was spontaneously secured when the company was notified about the incident. However, internal investigation from Twitter revealed that no other accounts linked to the PM or Indian government were impacted.
Hacking high-profile Twitter accounts for BTC scams
This is not the first time that the Twitter account of a high-profile personality was hacked to carry out a cryptocurrency-related scam. On July 15th, 2020 officially verified Twitter accounts of technology companies, top celebrities, and prominent government officials including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Justin Sun, Apple, Uber, Coinbase, Gemini, Kanye West, and Jeff Bezos were hacked to run a crypto scam.
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