Micro blogging site Twitter on 3 September confirmed that a page which is linked to an account of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal website was hacked. While it did not specify the details of the hacking, a report by news agency said a series of tweets asking followers of the page to donate to a relief fund through cryptocurrency were put out.
Spokesperson from Twitter in an email said, “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.”
Questions to the Prime Minister’s Office about the apparent hacking did not elicit a response till the time of filing this copy.
Those aware that this handle is hacked, however, said there was no indication or evidence at this stage of any correlation between this account compromise and the incident that took place in July, where hackers after accessing Twitter’s internal systems solicited digital currency from the accounts of US presidential candidate Joe Biden and former US president Barack Obama and billionaire Elon Musk.
Screenshots of the timeline of the apparently hacked handle, circulating on Twitter, claim that a hacker who claims he is some John Wick did it.
More than 2.5 million users follow the handle @narendramodi_in, which shares contents published first in narendramodi[dot]in. It is a platform for disseminating news about the PM’s activities, his statements and addresses.
Reports about the hacking generated a buzz on social media, with some users expressing concerns about the lax security features of social media sites while others posted memes about the incident.
Hackers had in July accessed Twitter’s internal systems to hijack some of the platform’s top voices. They hacked the handles of US presidential candidate Joe Biden, former US President Barack Obama, billionaire Elon Musk, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and used them to solicit digital currency.