The Hackers seized one of the Twitter accounts associated with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modiand posted messages asking their followers to make cryptocurrency donations.
According to a report by India Today news agency Modi’s Twitter account, narendramodi_inconnected to his personal website and mobile app, was targeted by a group of hackers operating under the pseudonym “John Wick”..
September 2nd Several tweets have been posted urging the Prime Minister’s 2.5 million supporters to “donate generously to the National Covid-19 Relief Fund”.. At least two wallet addresses for Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) were visible for some time before they were removed. However, According to blockchain data, no funds were sent to any of the addresses.
“Now India is starting with cryptocurrencies. Please donate Bitcoin. “
The group, which assumed responsibility for the breach by posting their email address, also specifically stated that they had not hacked into Paytm Mall’s e-commerce marketplace. An account claiming to represent hackers bragged about accessing the Paytm Mall on an online Russian forum. However, Parent company Paytm has denied that data was compromised in the Aug. 30 breach.
Modi isn’t the only global leader targeted by hackers who are looking for a payment method in cryptocurrencies.
July 15th, At least 130 high profile Twitter accounts, including those of former US President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, have been taken over by bad actors who offered their millions of followers a fake 2-on-1 gift. for every bitcoin sent. Authorities have arrested the suspected mastermind, 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark, along with two other people involved in the attack. A fourth hacker is being investigated.
More recently Fraudsters used the name of Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez to advertise a fake investment program related to Bitcoin. The scam is targeting the country’s most vulnerable citizens seeking financial aid amid the pandemic.
Indian courts lifted a general ban on cryptocurrency trading in Marchwhich led to an increase in the number of exchanges in the country. However, last month an Indian government official claimed so Two ministries and the Reserve Bank of India worked actively to create a legal framework for banning cryptocurrencies in the subcontinent.