India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the latest victim of another Twitter hack in which the attackers demanded Ethereum, Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies as we are reading today in our ethereum latest news.
India’s Prime Minister got his twitter account hacked as the social media platform continues experiencing issues while trying to protect the high-profile accounts. Modi’s account was taken over and the perpetrators requested donations in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies. About two months ago, the social media giant experienced a major security breach. The attacker, who turned out to be a 17-year old man, gained control over the network and showed how he was able to get into any Twitter handle. The hack consisted of a blatant Bitcoin giveaway scam by compromising accounts of celebrities such as Elon Musk, Barack Obama, and more.
Twitter remained transparent about what happened including revealing the total number of the affected accounts which was 130, as well as saying that they are implementing critical security updates to prevent similar events in the future. It seems that these measures may not have been enough as the company received another attack today and this time the victim is India’s Prime Minister.
Modi’s personal twitter handle was hacked according to the BBC:
“We are actively investigating the situation. At this time, we are not aware of additional accounts being impacted.”
The perpetrators aren’t identified yet but the situation resembles the hack from July in more than one way. Apart from targeting high-profile accounts, the attackers involved bitcoin, ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies. This time, they didn’t run a fake giveaway scam where they promised double the crypto in return. They requested donations in crypto, according to a now-deleted tweet:
“I appeal to you all to donate generously to PM National Relief Fund for Covid-19, Now India begin with cryptocurrency.”
At the time of writing, it’s still unclear if anyone fell for the scam and whether they sent any funds. The tweets are deleted and the account was suspended while Twitter investigates what happened. However, it’s worth noting that India has a controversial history with cryptocurrencies as the supreme Court lifted a 2-year ban on crypto usage. It does not seem that the country could reverse the decision and apply another ban. Similar events that present crypto in a negative perspective could enhance the opinions that digital assets should be prohibited in the country.
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