Twitter has become an active spot for cyber attacks. The twitter accounts of many prominent celebrities, Business tycoons and Political entities was hacked in the past few months. Even India’s Most Powerful Man wasn’t spared from the actions of these hackers.
The Twitter account of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal website and mobile app was hacked early this morning. Twitter has confirmed the incident and stated that it has taken “steps to secure the compromised account” and is “actively investigating” the situation.
Apparently, PM Modi’s account was hacked by the same hacker who was involved in the Paytm Mall Cyberattack earlier this week. The hacker code-named ‘John Wick’ reportedly sent out tweets asking Modi’s followers to donate to the PM National Relief Fund through cryptocurrency. Modi’s account goes by the handle narendramodi_in and has 2.5 million followers and over 37,000 tweets since it was created in May 2011.
“We’re aware of this activity and have taken steps to secure the compromised account. We are actively investigating the situation. At this time, we are not aware of additional accounts being impacted,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement.
However, PM Modi’s personal twitter [email protected] remained unaffected from the whole fiasco. He uses this account to reach out extensively to his Twitter community and share important information and updates with people of the nation. The main twitter account has well over 61 million followers and was created in January 2009.
The last tweet from the account was on August 31. The tweet has a quote of PM Modi from his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat“. Regular updates from the Prime Minister’s speeches and other programmes are tweeted from @narendramodi_in.
It was a strange co-incidence that the hacker chose to use the code name John Wick on September 2 to hack PM Modi’s Twitter account, which happens to be Keanu Reeves’s birthday. John Wick is a American Movie Character played by John Wick whose character comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters who robbed him and killed his puppy.
Twitter has become the center spot for many such cyber attacks. Earlier in July, accounts of notable celebrities including US presidential candidate Joe Biden, former US President Barack Obama, billionaire Elon Musk, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates were hacked and used to solicit cryptocurrency.