- The hackers asked followers to donate in cryptocurrency to a relief fund in a series of tweets.
- The YouTube channels belonging to Modi and the ruling BJP may also have been compromised.
- Amid growing tensions with China, India has banned 118 Chinese apps.
The Twitter account for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal website and mobile app was hacked on Thursday morning. The social media platform has confirmed this. Twitter has said that steps have been taken to secure Prime Minister Modi’s account, and that “we are expeditiously investigating” the matter.
The hackers asked followers to donate in cryptocurrency to a relief fund in a series of tweets. It may be recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal account has more than 2.5 million followers on Twitter. The account, created in May 2011, has received over 37,000 tweets so far.
The last tweet was made on August 31, in which a sentence of his monthly radio program “Mann Ki Baat” was transcribed. The hackers tweeted, “I urge you to donate to the fund set up for COVID-19.”
“We’re aware of this activity and have taken steps to secure the compromised account. We are actively investigating the situation. At this time, we are not aware of additional accounts being impacted.”
It is believed that the Twitter accounts of many important personalities of the world were hacked last July. Key figures whose accounts were hacked include US presidential candidate Joe Biden, former US President Barack Obama, billionaire Elon Musk and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
After hacking these accounts, they all appealed to donate in Bitcoin. Prime Minister Modi’s personal Twitter account was safe at the time. Modi has more than 60 million followers on his personal Twitter account.
When Prime Minister Modi was addressing the nation on Sunday, August 30, in the 68th edition of his regular monthly radio program “Mann Ki Baat,” he probably had no idea that for the first time in the last six years, his speech would get more dislikes than likes.
The video of Prime Minister Modi’s “Mann Ki Baat” broadcast on YouTube, and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party channels were disliked 25,000 times— 56,000 times disliked against the likes.
Even on the official channel of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, the video had received 258,000 dislikes against 33,000 likes as of Monday morning. After the hacking of Prime Minister Modi’s Twitter accounts, interesting and sarcastic comments are being made on social media.
118 Chinese Apps Banned
Meanwhile, amid growing tensions with China, India has banned 118 Chinese apps. The banned apps include PUBG, one of the world’s most popular e-games. About a quarter of the games downloaded worldwide have been downloaded in India.
Announcing the ban on the apps, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said, “These apps were involved in activities that could pose a threat to the country’s sovereignty, unity, security, and social order.”
“It was receiving complaints of misuse of these mobile apps. They were stealing users’ data and sending it out of the country illegally and also harming the security of the country,” he added.
Earlier in June, India banned 59 Chinese apps, including the popular app TikTok.