PM Narendra Modi’s Website, Twitter Account Hacked early this morning, the social media giant has confirmed. Twitter said that it has taken “steps to secure the compromised account” and is “actively investigating” the situation. The account reportedly sent out tweets asking its followers to donate for the COVID-19 Relief Fund in the form of bitcoin.
The account goes by the handle narendramodi_in and has 2.5 million followers and over 37,000 tweets since it was created in May 2011. “We’re aware of this activity and have taken steps to secure the compromised account. We are actively investigating the situation. At this time, we are not aware of additional accounts being impacted,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement.
The last tweet from the account was on August 31. The tweet has a quote of PM Narendra Modi from his monthly radio program “Mann Ki Baat”. Regular updates from the Prime Minister’s speeches and other programs are tweeted from @narendramodi_in.
On August 30, cybersecurity firm Cyble had claimed hacker group John Wick was behind a “massive” data breach at Paytm Mall, the e-commerce arm of unicorn Paytm. Cyble had claimed the hacker group had also demanded ransom, as it had got unrestricted access to the firm’s database. Paytm had, however, said it had not found any data breach during an investigation. The incident comes after several Twitter accounts of prominent personalities were hacked in July.