According to a report, the official Twitter account linked to the personal website of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was penetrated by cybercriminals. Hackers tried to ask PM Modi’s followers for crypto donations.
The said account has over 2.5 million followers on Twitter, which include prominent personalities in the country. Aside from being the official Twitter handle for PM Modi’s personal website, the account is also linked to the Narendra Modi mobile application.
The tweet, which has been taken down, appealed to readers to “donate generously” for the country’s COVID-19 relief fund, with ETH as the preferred currency.
In spite of the tweet being obvious to some of being a possible scam, the hackers still managed to extort more than $100,000 from the prime minister’s followers.
Aside from the hacked tweet, the hackers sent another message allegedly revealing their identity and their responsibility for the hacking.
The message said:
Yes, this account is hacked by John Wick (email@example.com), We have not hacked Paytm Mall,
The hacker identified himself as John Wick, which is a fictional character that had multiple movie series starting in 2014. Wick focused on tracking down the gangsters that killed his dog. Two sequels followed the movie in 2017 and 2019.
PM Modi’s account is now being checked and handled by Twitter. It also has taken measures to secure the compromised account.
This is not the first time that cybercriminals cracked down the Twitter account of high profile people to ask for cryptocurrency donations. In July 2020, official Twitter handles of former American president Barack Obama, presidential candidate Joe Biden, and billionaire Elon Musk were hacked, along with other influential people.