Highlights

  • Indian govt Twitter account compromised on Jan 12, 2022
  • Ministry of Information & Broadcasting faced hack attack
  • A month ago, PM Modi's account was hacked, Bitcoin tweets posted

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This incident comes just a month after none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced a Twitter hack attack.

A photograph of Tesla boss Elon Musk, and messages like great job, hurry up, and something amazing - these were tweets from an Indian government account on the morning of January 12.


The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, led by Anurag Singh Thakur, faced a hacking of its Twitter account with fishy links featuring Elon Musk's face being shared. Subsequently, the ministry tweeted that its account had been restored.


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This incident comes just a month after none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced a Twitter hack attack. The tweets included claims like India has officially adopted Bitcoin as legal tender, and the government is going to distribute 500 bitcoins among the Indian population. The Prime Minister's Office said that Modi's account was briefly compromised and the issue was taken up with Twitter.


A similar incident reportedly took place in September 2020 when tweets from PM Modi's account sought donations to the Covid relief fund via cryptocurrency.

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