Hackers with the name ‘John Wick’ have taken over one among the Twitter accounts linked to Indian Prime Minister ‘Narendra Modi’ & twitted messages asking the followers to donate in cryptocurrencies.
While several Tweets were posted recently on 2nd Sept. asking the prime minister’s over 2.5 Mln followers to ”donate generously to PM National Relief Fund for Covid-19.” Two wallet addresses for Bitcoin [BTC] & Ethereum [ETH] were visible for a few times before the tweets were deleted. However, consistent with blockchain data, no funds were transferred to either address.
“Now India begins accepts crypto assets. Kindly Donate Bitcoin.”
The new group that claimed responsibility for the breach by posting its email address, also explicitly stated it didn’t hack e-commerce marketplace Paytm Mall. An account claiming to represent the hackers bragged about gaining access to Paytm Mall within a Russian online forum. However, parent company Paytm has denied any data that was compromised in its recent security breach that occurred earlier on 30th Aug.
Modi isn’t the sole global leader to be targeted by hackers seeking some sort of cryptocurrency payouts.
Earlier on 15th July, over 130 high-profile Twitter accounts – along with the accounts of United States President Barack Obama and former VP Joe Biden – were compromised by bad actors who offered their several million followers a fake 2-to-1 ‘giveaway’ for any Bitcoin sent. Authorities have arrested the alleged mastermind behind the hack, a 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark, along with two other individuals linked to the hack. A fourth hacker is still under investigation.
More recently, scammers used Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez’s name to market a fake Bitcoin-related investment system. The scheme targets the country’s most vulnerable citizens seeking economic relief within the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.