The Twitter account of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was hacked on Wednesday morning. However, the ministry regained control of the account after some time.
The Twitter account of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has been hacked.
The Twitter account of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was compromised on Wednesday, January 12. The hackers renamed the account as ‘Elon Musk’ and started tweeting “great job”.
The ministry, however, regained control of the account in some time, restored the profile picture and deleted the tweets posted by the hackers. The hackers even posted some malicious links from it.
Exactly a month ago on December 12, 2021, the personal Twitter handle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefly hacked. While the account was restored shortly after, a tweet promoting cryptocurrency had already been shared from the handle.
On January 3, the Twitter accounts of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Mann Deshi Mahila Bank (a microfinance bank) were hacked. In that case, too, the hackers had renamed the handle as ‘Elon Musk’.
The fonts used to change the names of the profiles in today’s (January 12, 2021) incident and the January 3 incident appear to be the same. The posted content ‘AMAZZZING’ also appeared to be similar, though the links tweeted in the two cases seemed to be different.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Wednesday later tweeted that the account had been restored.
The account @Mib_india has been restored. This is for the information of all the followers.
— Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (@MIB_India) January 12, 2022
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