Being one of the most powerful men in the world offers no immunity from the tricks and wits of scamsters. This was evidenced a few hours ago after the Twitter account of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s website was hacked by “John Wick,” a few weeks after a wider attack was orchestrated against the likes of Binance, Coinbase, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Warren Buffett, and Kanye West. The hacker in the present case “appealed” for donations to the “PM National Relief Fund for COVID-19″ in Bitcoin and Ethereum.
At the time of writing, however, hardly anyone was buying into this”appeal.” In fact, the two addresses listed by the hackers were found to have received only 1 donation each, both worth just $0.03 and $0.78.
Needless to say, the hack was quickly clamped down on, with control over the account restored back to the Indian Prime Minister’s team. Twitter was quick to react too, with the social media platform revealing that it is “actively investigating” the situation. Twitter also clarified that prima facie, there is no indication or evidence to suggest that the present case has any connection with the wider hack that shook the platform last month.
It should also be noted that according to reports, the hack was just a publicity stunt, with some claiming the intent behind the same was to shed light on how insecure the Prime Minister’s personal website is.
Soon after the news of the hack broke out, many were up in arms against Twitter and its security policies. However, as was the case last month, it won’t be long before people start blaming Bitcoin and the larger cryptocurrency community for a social media platform hack.