PM Modi's website account hacked, Twitter confirms and says "actively Investigating"
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Sep 03, 2020, 11:14 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personal website (https://www.narendramodi.in/) and mobile app's Twitter account was hacked early on Thursday morning, the social networking giant confirmed in an official statement. In its statement, Twitter said that steps have been taken "to secure the compromised account" and the company is currently "actively investigating" this latest breach into one of the prominent figures of the world.
Tweets were posted from the account asking its followers to make a donation to the PM National Relief Fund through cryptocurrency. The hacked narendramodi_in Twitter handle has around 2.5 million followers, with more than 37,000 tweets posted since the account 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," Twitter's spokesperson issued a statement.
The last known activity on the account was when a tweet was posted on August 31, which had PM Modi's quote from the 68th edition of his monthly radio programme, "Mann Ki Baat". Updates from the Prime Minister's speeches including other programmes are tweeted on a frequent basis on the @narendramodi_in Twitter account.
On the contrary, PM Modi's personal account, @narendramodi, created in January 2009, remains unaffected after the latest incident and has more than 61 million followers. Modi is known to make extensive use of Twitter as a platform to reach out to the masses and share information and updates on his government.
This latest hacking incident of a world renowned statesman comes on the heels after several Twitter accounts of prominent personalities were hacked in July. Hackers accessed the internal systems of Twitter and hacked accounts of top names including former US President Barack Obama, 2020 US Presidential candidate Joe Biden, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, tech billionaire Elon Musk, rapper Kanye West, among others and used them to solicit digital currency.