Twitter account of Indian prime minister suffers hack promising Bitcoin to country’s citizens

Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, saw his Twitter account hacked on Sunday morning.

Despite the hack only lasting a short while, whoever hacked the account was able to tweet that India had adopted Bitcoin as a legal tender, and that the government had purchased 500 Bitcoin which would be distributed among Indians.

Having deleted the original tweet, Modi’s account clarified that there was a hack and that his account had since been restored.

The hack came amid the Indian government’s ongoing consideration of how to regulate crypto, and while it is likely it was carried out by a pro-crypto person or group, such a move may harm their cause.

It is not the first time a prominent twitter account has been taken over by hackers. Last year, the account of prime minister Modi’s relief fund was taken over and a tweet was published asking for donations to an account.

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