After a cryptocurrency fraud on Twitter in July in which hackers were able to access a number of high-profile celebrities’ accounts to defraud their followers of more than $117,000, the personal Twitter account of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi was hacked too, on Wednesday. His website was also hacked on Thursday morning.Tweets from Mr Modi’s account solicited cryptocurrency donations in both Bitcoin and Ethereum to the PM National Relief Fund. Narenda Modi’s personal site, app, and Twitter account are not administered by the Indian government but instead by his team. Narendra Modi’s Twitter account has 2.5 million followers and over 37,000 tweets since it was created in May 2011.
Twitter said it had taken steps to secure the compromised account and was investigating the incident. According to the hackers, their action was in response to “false reports” tying them to an alleged security breach of Indian e-commerce site Paytm Mall, which they denied being connected to. Despite the attempted fraud, the hackers claimed they had no other intentions in hijacking Mr Modi’s account , before claiming they had deleted some databases from his personal site. It was unclear if the hackers intend to extort Mr Modi for the return of this information.