Twitter, Dec 12: The Twitter account of PM Narendra Modi was compromised for a brief period, the PM’s Office (PMO) tweeted on Sunday. However, the account was secured once the matter was escalated to the microblogging site.
The compromised account was hacked during the period when a tweet was sent falsely declaring that India had formally adopted Bitcoin as their legal tender and that they were going to distribute the digital currency to citizens.
“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,” PMO India tweeted.
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.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 11, 2021
All malicious tweets have since been removed from the account and the account has been restored. Over 73.4 million people follow Prime Minister Modi on the microblogging site Twitter.
Several Twitter users shared screenshots showing PM Modi’s account tweeting about “India’s legalization of bitcoin“.
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“India has officially adopted bitcoin as legal tender. The government has officially bought 500 BTC and is distributing them to all residents of the country,” read the hacked tweet which has now been deleted.
The now-deleted tweet was flooded with screenshots, causing a traffic jam on the microblogging site and #Hacked began to appear on ‘trending‘ in India.
An unknown group had earlier in September 2020, hacked into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Twitter account which updates his website and mobile app.