Narendra Modi Twitter handle hacked with Bitcoin declaration

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Narendra Modi’s official Twitter account was “very briefly compromised”, his workplace confirmed early on Sunday, after a suspicious message naming bitcoin as India’s “authorized tender” and providing a cryptocurrency giveaway was posted to his 73 million followers.

“The Twitter deal with of PM @narendramodi was very briefly compromised. The matter was escalated to Twitter and the account has been instantly secured. Within the temporary interval that the account was compromised, any Tweet shared should be ignored,” tweeted the prime minister’s workplace (PMO).

It’s unclear how obvious hackers gained entry to Mr Modi’s private profile or for a way lengthy it was compromised. The social media big mentioned that the account “was not compromised attributable to any breach of Twitter’s techniques”, reported the Indian Categorical.

“We’ve got 24X7 open strains of communication with the PM’s workplace and our groups took mandatory steps to safe the compromised account as quickly as we turned conscious of this exercise. Our investigation has revealed that there aren’t any indicators of every other impacted accounts presently,” a Twitter spokesperson mentioned in a press release. 

Customers flooded Twitter with screengrabs of the now-deleted tweet, which in accordance with some had already been interacted with and retweeted a number of lots of of occasions.

Within the tweet put out within the small hours of Sunday morning, India time, Mr Modi seemed to be saying that “India has formally adopted bitcoin as authorized tender”.

It continued: “The federal government has formally purchased 500 BTC and is distributing them to all residents of the nation,” earlier than sharing a hyperlink to what appears to be like like a weblog.

The Indian Laptop Emergency Response System (Cert-In), a authorities cybersecurity company, will launch a “full-scale investigation headed by a senior official,” reported the Indian Categorical citing sources on the Ministry of Electronics and Info Know-how.

That is the second time that an account belonging to Mr Modi has seemingly been hacked with posts that includes hyperlinks about cryptocurrency. In September final 12 months, a much less common account related to Mr Modi’s private web site – @narendramodi_in – despatched out tweets asking followers to donate to a reduction fund by way of cryptocurrency.

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