“We have 24X7 open lines of communication with the PM’s Office and our teams took necessary steps to secure the compromised account as soon as we became aware of this activity. Our investigation has revealed that there are no signs of any other impacted accounts at this time,” the Twitter spokesperson said today.
Prime Minister Modi’s Twitter handle was briefly hacked on 12 December, and a tweet claiming that India has “officially adopted bitcoin as legal tender” was put out from it.
The Prime Minister’s Office later said the account was immediately secured after the matter was escalated to Twitter.
“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,” it said.
The tweet, after Modi’s personal handle was hacked, claimed that India has officially bought 500 BTC and is distributing them among its residents and shared a link, asking people to hurry up. The future has come today, it said.
Many users immediately pointed out that the account seems to have been hacked. India, it may be noted, has taken a tough stand on cryptocurrencies. The government is likely to introduce a bill on cryptocurrencies and has expressed concerns that they may be used for luring investors with misleading claims and for funding terror activities.
Earlier, in September 2020, the Twitter account, which updates Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal website and mobile app was hacked by an unknown group.