Twitter confirmed today that an account of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal website was hacked with a series of tweets asking its followers to donate to a relief fund through cryptocurrency. Twitter said it was aware of the activity and has taken steps to secure the compromised account.
Twitter said that it has taken “steps to secure the compromised account” and is “actively investigating” the situation.
The account reportedly sent out tweets asking its followers to donate to the PM National Relief Fund through cryptocurrency. The account which has over 2.5 million followers is the official Twitter handle for Modi’s personal website as well as the Narendra Modi mobile application.
Modi’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the tweets posted on the account @narendramodi_in. The tweets, which have since been taken down, asked the followers to donate to the PM National Relief Fund through cryptocurrency.
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.
The latest incident comes after several accounts of prominent personalities were hacked in July.
Hackers then had accessed Twitter’s internal systems to hijack some of the platform’s top voices including US presidential candidate Joe Biden, former US President Barack Obama and billionaire Elon Musk, and used them to solicit digital currency.