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Twitter account of I&B Ministry briefly hacked

This comes a month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personal Twitter account was briefly compromised.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 12, 2022 2:26:04 pm
The ministry later tweeted that the account was restored. (Representational image)

The Twitter account of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was briefly compromised on Wednesday. The hackers changed the name of the profile to ‘Elon Musk’ and put out tweets including one saying “great job”.

The ministry later clarified that the account had been restored.

The incident comes a month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal Twitter account was hacked. Tweets promoting cryptocurrency were shared before the account was restored.

Soon after, Indian Computer Emergency Response System (Cert-In), the national nodal agency for monitoring cyber security incidents and threats, said it will reach out to Twitter and Google as part of its “full-scale investigation” into the hacking of Modi’s Twitter account.

“We will ask Twitter and Google for their version of the incident. Cert-In is expected to submit its probe report to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology soon,” an IT Ministry official said, adding that the probe will be led by a Joint Secretary-level official. However, Twitter told The Indian Express that the account was not compromised due to the breach of the platform’s systems. His account was also hacked in September 2020.

Twitter accounts of the Indian Council of World Affairs and Indian Medical Association were briefly compromised on January 3. The hackers had changed the profile name to ‘Elon Musk’.

In July last year, the Twitter accounts of former president of the US Barack Obama, former vice-president and present president of the US Joe Biden, singer and rapper Kanye West, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Tesla chief Elon Musk sent out identical tweets, which said that if people sent bitcoins on a certain link, they would double their money.

Though these tweets were removed, some of the accounts that were compromised sent out these tweets again just hours later. Following the mass breach, Twitter said that several of its employees, who had access to internal systems, had their accounts compromised in a “coordinated social engineering attack”, which resulted in the hack.

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