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India PM Modi’s Twitter Hacked By Bitcoin Scammers

A now deleted tweet from @narendramodi claimed the Indian government had bought 500 bitcoin and was going to share them with its citizens

Modi twitter account hacked
Modi is a prolific tweeter and an outspoken critic of digital currencies.


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Twitter account was hacked by crypto scammers on Sunday who posted a message declaring his country had adopted bitcoin as legal tender.

Modi is a prolific tweeter and is the world’s most popular incumbent politician on the platform, with more than 73 million followers on his main account – and also an outspoken critic of digital currencies.

A swiftly deleted tweet from his main @narendramodi handle said the Indian government had officially bought 500 bitcoin and was “and distributing them to all residents of the country,” along with a scam link.

His office tweeted that the account was “very briefly compromised” and that Twitter had since restored control.


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It was the second time one of Modi’s Twitter accounts was hacked, after another was taken over last year to send out a tweet urging the public to donate to a fake coronavirus relief fund.

Sunday’s hack comes as India prepares to clamp down on a flourishing cryptocurrency trade with a new law likely to be introduced in parliament this month.

Details of the legislation remain unclear but the government has flagged a broad ban on private digital currencies.

The local crypto market has boomed since the Indian Supreme Court overturned a previous ban last year, with Bollywood actors and cricket stars fronting ad campaigns for local exchanges.

Modi himself said last month that cryptocurrencies could “spoil our youth” and the central bank has repeatedly warned they could pose “serious concerns on macroeconomic and financial stability.”


  • AFP with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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