Hackers seem to be taking a toll on popular social network Twitter as there has been a major attack once again, and this time the Twitter account of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was compromised to promote a crypto scam.
Just two months ago, Twitter underwent a massive attack that saw hackers take over several celebrity accounts like that of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, and many others, to scam unsuspecting twitter users off their crypto assets.
Now, a report from media outlet India Today, states that on September 2, hackers took control of prime minister Modi’s twitter account narendramodi_in, which is linked with his personal website and mobile application.
The hackers are operating under the alias ‘John Wick’, a fictional character played by actor Keanu Reeves, and coincidentally his birthday is on September 2.
The hackers sent out multiple tweets asking the prime minister’s 2.5 million followers to” donate generously to PM National Relief Fund for Covid-19,” in Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH).
Two of the wallet addresses were live on the prime minister’s account for quite some time before it was taken down by authorities, but according to data, no funds were transferred to these addresses.
“Now India begin with crypto currency. Kindly Donate Bitcoin,” the attackers wrote on twitter.
The hackers revealed their alias and took responsibility for the attack with a separate tweet where they also posted an email address. They also explicitly mentioned that were not responsible for the hack of one of India’s most popular e-commerce marketplace Paytm Mall.
Paytm Mall was supposedly attacked on August 30, and an account claiming to represent the hackers was seen boasting on a Russian online forum. However, Paytm, the parent company stated that no data was lost in the breach.
Prime Minister Modi isn’t the only world leader who has been targeted by hackers.Recent reports reveal that Scammers have also used Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez’s name to promote a fake website, promoting a scam investment scheme, while quoting the president saying that this investment scheme will offer “relief to the economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.”