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Twitter account of PM Modi's personal website hacked for Bitcoins

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Sept 3: Twitter on Thursday said it has fixed the account of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personal website that was briefly hacked in the wee hours and tweets asking people to donate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies were posted on it.

Twitter said it has secured the compromised account known as @narendramodi_in.

The affected account is linked to PM Modi's personal website and has more than 2.5 million followers.

"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.

According to Twitter, this breach was not due to a compromise of its systems or service.

"There is no indication or evidence of any correlation between this account compromise and the incident that took place in July," the company said in a statement shared with IANS.

Twitter faced a mega crypto hack in July that spread a Bitcoin scam by hijacking accounts of high-profile celebrities, politicians and businesses as a result of a phone spear phishing attack.

"I appeal to you all to donate generously to PM National Relief Fund for Covid-19, Now India begin with crypto currency, Kindly Donate eth (Ethereum) 0xae073DB1e5752faFF169B1ede7E8E94bF7f80Be6 (sic)," read one tweet from the hackers.

Ethereum is the second-largest cryptocurrency platform by market capitalisation, behind Bitcoin. - IANS

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