New Delhi: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Twitter account was on Wednesday compromised and several tweets along with the photos of US business tycoon Elon Musk posted. The ministry’s official handle was renamed as ‘Elon Musk’ and tweeted “great job” for well over 20 minutes on Wednesday morning..
About 25 minutes after the account was compromised, the ministry managed to get access to the same and deleted the malicious links and tweets.
This is certainly not the first time that a twitter account of a government ministry, politician or organisation has been compromised in recent times.
- PM Modi’s Twitter account
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Twitter account was on December 12, 2021, compromised for a brief time with a tweet on Bitcoin posted. A tweet claiming that India has “officially adopted bitcoin as legal tender” was put out from it. The Prime Minister’s Office later said that the account was immediately secured after the matter was escalated to Twitter.
- Indian Medical Association Twitter account
The Twitter accounts of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) was compromised on 2 January, 2022. The incident came weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Twitter account met with a similar fate.
According to India Today, those who gained access to the account, renamed the handles as “Elon Musk”. Several tweets promoting cryptocurrency were posted on the accounts, which even re-shared several of Musk’s tweets. While the ICWA’s Twitter account was recovered, the malicious tweets were still visible on the IMA and Mann Deshi Mahila Bank’s Twitter handles. As per an India Today report, the accounts could have been compromised due to a malicious link being clicked by the handlers of the account or the password being compromised.Indian Council of World Affairs
3. Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA)
Along with IMA, twitter accounts of Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) was hacked on 2 January. The Indian Council of World Affairs is a New Delhi based Indian think-tank. Established in 1943, it was India’s first independent international affairs think tank. It was founded in 1943 when several members of the Indian Institute of International Affairs decided to form a separate institute.