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Hackers ‘allow’ to pay with bitcoin in India via PM Modi account

09:36, 12 December 2021
Hackers ‘allow’ to pay with bitcoin in India via PM Modi account

The Twitter account of the Indian Prime Minister has been hacked.


“The Twitter handle of PM Narendra Modi was very briefly compromised. The matter was escalated to Twitter and the account has been immediately secured,” the official account said. 

Hackers managed to publish a message that India was allowed to pay with bitcoin. The Prime Minister's office also said that the account has not been hacked for a long time. 

“In the brief period that the account was compromised, any Tweet shared must be ignored,” the post said. 

The PM account didn't specify which messages were published at that time.

Bloomberg said that a tweet was posted on the account that India was allowed to accept bitcoin as legal tender. The hackers also posted that the country has purchased digital currency and will distribute it among citizens.

Twitter said it had taken all necessary measures to regain control of the account immediately after receiving the information.

The Indian PM's Twitter has 73.4 million followers. Therefore, false information quickly spread across social networks.

Last Friday, Modi called for the development of global regulation for the use of cryptocurrencies at the US-sponsored "Summit for Democracy" in a virtual format.

The cryptocurrency ban draft will be considered by the Indian Parliament soon. According to the lower House of Parliament, the document provides for a ban on all private cryptocurrencies in India. However, the bill allows for certain exceptions to promote the technology behind cryptocurrency and its use.