Komal Joshi · Oct 24, 2020 . 6min read
Indian PM Narendra Modi’s Twitter Account Falls Prey to Crypto Hackers
After Elon Musk and other prominent personalities falling prey to crypto hackers, Indian PM Narendra Modi is the victim to the crypto hack.
By Komal Joshi · Sep 4, 2020 . 5min read
According to a report from news outlet India Today, Narendra Modi’s Twitter account @narendramodi_in was targeted by a group of hackers. The group of hackers operates under the pseudonym, John Wick. The twitter account associates with his personal website and mobile app. Modi is not the only leader to fall victim to hackers. Twitter Inc revealed that the hackers posted a series of tweets asking its followers to donate to a relief fund through cryptocurrency.
On Sept. 2, Twitter witnessed series of tweets telling the Prime Minister’s 2.5 million followers to” donate generously to PM National Relief Fund for Covid-19″. Two wallet addresses, Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) were evident for donations. It was before the Twitter deleted the tweets. Nevertheless, there was no delivery of funds to any addresses, according to blockchain data.
Twitter said it was aware of the activity with Narendra Modi’s website account and has taken steps to secure it. “We are actively investigating the situation. At this time, we are not aware of additional accounts being impacted,” a Twitter spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. However, Narendra Modi’s personal Twitter account remains intact irrespective of this incident. It has over 61 million followers.
Past Victims to Crypto Hacks
The incident comes after the hacking of several Twitter accounts of prominent personalities in July. Earlier, Hackers accessed Twitter’s internal systems to hijack some of the platform’s top voices including Elon Musk and other high profile personalities like Bill Gates, CZ, the CEO of Binance, Cash App and used them to solicit cryptocurrency. However, the hack appears to be a coordinated attack primarily targeting crypto communities. The attacks used celebrity accounts to trick naive victims into giving over their bitcoin through an embryonic giveaway scam. Moreover, it pledged to double a victim’s funds if they sent it to a particular address.
Additionally, scammers employed Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez’s name to develop a fake Bitcoin-related investment system. The scheme targets the country’s most vulnerable citizens seeking economic relief amid the pandemic.
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