Indian PM Modi's personal Twitter account gets 'briefly compromised'

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Dec 12, 2021, 08:35 AM(IST)

Indian PM Narendra Modi's personal Twitter account was "very briefly compromised" (file photo). Photograph:( AFP )

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In an announcement on social microblogging site, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) informed that Indian PM Narendra Modi's personal Twitter account was "very briefly compromised". The matter was immediately shared with the Twitter and the personal handle of the PM Narendra Modi was secured

In an announcement on social microblogging site early on Sunday, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) informed that Indian PM Narendra Modi's personal Twitter account was "very briefly compromised".  

The details about the duration of time for which the account was compromised is still not known. The PM’s account has more than 73 million followers.  

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The matter was immediately shared with the Twitter and the personal handle of the PM Narendra Modi was secured. 

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“In the brief period that the account was compromised, any tweet shared must be ignored,” the PMO added in the post. 

The miscreants had sent a tweet to the 73 million followers of the prime minister, claiming that India had adopted bitcoin as legal tender.

A Twitter spokesperson, in an emailed statement to Reuters, said, “Twitter took the necessary steps to secure the compromised account as soon as it became aware of the activity.”   

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The spokesperson also added that an investigation has revealed that no signs of any other impacted accounts at present.  

In a similar incident, the Twitter account of Modi's personal website was compromised in September 2020. At that time, numerous tweets were sent which asked followers to donate to a relief fund through cryptocurrency.   

(With inputs from agencies) 

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