Indian PM Modi’s account hacked with Bitcoin tweet
December 12, 2021 12:35 PM
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal Twitter account was hacked on Sunday, his office said. The account using the handle @narendramodi has since been restored after the brief incident, it added.
“The matter was escalated to Twitter and the account has been immediately secured,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet early Sunday. “In the brief period that the account was compromised, any Tweet shared must be ignored.”
It was not immediately known how long the personal Twitter handle of Modi, which has over 73 million followers, was compromised.
A Twitter spokesperson said that an investigation revealed no signs of any other impacted accounts at present.
During the time the account was compromised, a tweet was sent falsely saying that India had officially adopted Bitcoin as the legal tender, and that the country has bought the digital currency which it would distribute to citizens.
In late November, Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government had no proposal to recognise Bitcoin as a currency in the country.
A similar incident had occurred with the Twitter handle of Modi’s personal website @narendramodi_in in September 2020, with a series of tweets asking followers to donate to a relief fund through cryptocurrency.