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Hackers hijack Twitter account of India PM Modi’s web site, ask for donations in Covid-19 bitcoin rip-off

Hackers hijack Twitter account of India PM Modi’s website, ask for donations in Covid-19 bitcoin scam


A Twitter account linked to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have been hacked, with scammers urging followers to “donate” cryptocurrency to help a coronavirus reduction fund within the PM’s title.

The verified Twitter deal with, made for Modi’s private web site and boasting some 2.5 million followers, was hit by a safety breach on Wednesday, sending out a string of posts penned in shaky English asking for ‘beneficiant’ donations to the “PM Nationwide Reduction Fund for Covid-19” together with a Bitcoin handle.

The hackers finally made themselves recognized, nonetheless, sending out one remaining tweet admitting “Sure this account is hacked by John Wick” – apparently a reference to the motion movie franchise starring Keanu Reeves. The tweets have all since been deleted.

An enormous information breach in late August at Paytm, an Indian firm that facilitates monetary transactions, was attributed to the identical ‘John Wick’ hacker group by cyber safety agency Cyble Inc., which stated the intruders had been “in a position to acquire unrestricted entry to their total databases.” These behind the hack on Modi’s account denied any involvement within the earlier breach, nonetheless, stating in a tweet from the PM’s deal with that “Now we have not hacked Paytm Mall,” referring to the actual app that was compromised.

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Dozens of high-profile accounts fell prey to an identical crypto rip-off in July, ensnaring celebrities, politicians, firms and billionaires. Handles belonging to former US president Barack Obama, 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft founder Invoice Gates, amongst others, every despatched out tweets requesting Bitcoin donations, racking up greater than $100,000 for the hackers. Twitter revealed the assault focused greater than 100 accounts in whole, after the hackers managed to steal worker credentials to achieve entry to inner help instruments.

The July hack, stated to be the most important in Twitter’s historical past, was masterminded by a 17-year-old Floridian, Graham Ivan Clark, who was aided by two others, considered one of them a UK nationwide, in line with prosecutors. Clark has since pleaded not responsible to all 30 costs he faces, for which he might be sentenced to 200 years in jail.

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