Indian Prime Minister’s Relief Fund Twitter Account Hacked, Hacker Asks for Crypto

September 3, 2020

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ndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become another victim of a twitter hack attack to trick the social media users asking for cryptocurrency to the hackers. As per the Nikkei Asian, on Thursday, the twitter account of Modi’s personal website popularly known as the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) was hacked. A number of tweets were posted by the hackers asking the PMNRF’s 2.5M followers to donate to the relief fund using the cryptographic money. 

However, it is unclear whether the funds were delivered to a private wallet address or how much funds have been received by the hackers. Although, funds from the PMNRF are generally used to provide relief to families of those who were killed in the natural calamities such as earthquakes. Nikkei said that the social media giant is not known about the additional accounts being impacted. 

The event follows the ongoing hacks that undermined a few prominent records, including those of U.S. Popularity based Presidential nominee Joe Biden, Kanye West, Tesla’s Elon Musk, and CoinDesk. The attacks utilized superstar accounts so as to misdirect clueless victims into giving over their bitcoin through a simple giveaway trick promising to twofold a casualty’s assets in the event that they sent it to a specific location.

In late July, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local officials arrested three men in the U.S. linked with the hacks including alleged genius Graham Ivan Clark. However, Clark has pleaded not guilty to all the charges implied against him. It is unclear whether those attacks are linked to the one on Modi. The PMNRF hack incident is another strong reminder to always think twice before sharing cryptocurrency to strangers online, even if they are verified and there is a portrait of the head of the state on the profile. 

Image Courtesy : India Today

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