Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal Twitter handle was briefly compromised, Twitter in a statement clarified, “necessary steps to secure the compromised account” were taken as soon as the social media platform became aware of the activity.
“We have 24×7 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 probe revealed that there’re no signs of any other impacted accounts at this time,” the microblogging site Twitter said.
The social media giant further added that the investigation conducted by the platform suggested the account was not compromised due to any breach of Twitter’s systems.
Earlier on Sunday, the Prime Minister’s Office in a tweet informed that the personal Twitter account of PM Narendra Modi has been compromised for a brief period. But was later restored.
“The Twitter handle of PM Narendra Modi was briefly compromised. The matter was escalated to Twitter and the account has been immediately secured,” the PMO said.
The Prime Minister’s Office in a tweet urged the social media users to not believe the tweets shared by the Prime Minister’s personal account at the time of the hack.
“In the brief period that the account was compromised, any Tweet shared must be ignored,” the PMO added.
On December 12, Modi’s Twitter account put out a tweet saying India had officially adopted Bitcoin as a legal tender, and that the government had bought 500 bitcoins, which it was “distributing” to all residents of the country. The said tweet also had a link to a blog, which a postscript which said “The future has come today”. The tweet was later deleted.
For the second time accounts related to PM Modi hacked:
Earlier in September 2020, a similar hack was attempted by an unknown group. The Twitter account related to PM Narendra Modi’s personal website and the mobile app was hacked with a series of tweets asking people to donate to PM National Relief Fund for Covid-19 through Cryptocurrency. However, the tweets were later taken down.