A Twitter account linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal website was once purportedly compromised early on Thursday, with a series of tweets sent out by an individual or a group identifying themselves as ‘John Wick’ who later told HT that the hack was once meant to lucid their name in a separate breach involving a popular e-commerce website.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that the page — @narendramodi_in – associated with the PM’s website narendramodi.in was once compromised. Shortly after 3am, several posts were made, including some urging people to donate to a cryptocurrency wallet that the hackers said was once linked to the “PM National Relief Fund”.
“There is not any other intention to hack this account. Recently fake news of our name saying PayTM mall [was] hacked by us. So we have sent email to all news publishers in India [that] it’s not us, no one replied, so we made up our minds to post something,” said a person who responded from the email address that was once posted in probably the most tweets after the hack. The tweets have since been taken down.
To a query from Hindustan Times, a spokesperson from Twitter in an email said, “We’re aware of this activity and have taken steps to safe the compromised account. We are actively investigating the situation. At the moment, we don’t seem to be aware of extra accounts being impacted.”
Questions to the Prime Minister’s Office approximately the alleged hacking did not elicit a response till the time of filing this copy.
The hackers did not respond to questions on how they carried out the hack and if it was once a compromise of the Twitter account itself, but identifiers seen on screenshots suggested the tweets were made the use of a tool titled “narendramodi_tweets_apps”.
The hacker suggested that this was once done by breaking into the website narendramodi.in, and not the Twitter account. “Yes, 100% not secured,” said this person, when asked whether they exploited something called an API, which allows people to access and send out tweets without accessing an account through Twitter.com.
“They have got to increase the security and invest in people like us,” the hacker said.
On August 30, cyber security firm Cyble reported that a hacking group identifying itself as John Wick “was once in a position to gain unrestricted access to all the databases” of PayTM Mall, an online retail venture of the preferred payments app PayTM. PayTM later issued a remark saying it was once investigating the breach and assured that user data was once secure.
A person aware of the preliminary analysis at Twitter, who asked not to be named, said “there was once no indication or evidence at this stage of any correlation between this account compromise and the incident that took place in July”. The reference was once to the breach of Twitter’s internal systems through which hackers in a similar way solicited payments in digital currency by making posts from the accounts of US presidential candidate Joe Biden and former US president Barack Obama and billionaire Elon Musk.
The page @narendramodi_in is followed by 2.5 million users and is a platform for disseminating news approximately the PM’s activities, his statements and addresses.
It was once not immediately lucid whether any money was once sent into the cryptocurrency account posted in the hacked tweets.