Hackers Target India’s Prime Minister
The personal Twitter account of India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, has been attacked by cyber-criminals.
Hackers compromised the leader's social media account in the early hours of December 11 to tweet a message to his more than 73 million followers.
The brazen hackers posted a tweet falsely claiming that India would be adopting Bitcoin as its official currency. The lies didn't end there, as the threat actors went on to falsely state that the Indian government had bought 500 Bitcoin tokens and would soon be “distributing them to all residents of the country.”
At the end of the fake tweet was a link to a malicious website designed to appear as though it was part of a huge Bitcoin giveaway promotion.
Shortly after the delusive crypto-currency tweet appeared, it was deleted from the prime minister's feed.
The fake tweet went against a statement made in late November by India's finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, that said India had no plans to recognize Bitcoin as a currency in the country.
Following the attack, the Office of the Prime Minister of India issued a tweet asking Modi's Twitter followers to disregard any communications shared by the perpetrators.
It read: "The Twitter handle of PM @narendramodi