Modi has over 70 million followers on Twitter. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Twitter account was hacked with a message saying that India had adopted Bitcoin as legal tender and would distribute it to all citizens. The tweet was quickly removed and his office said the account had been briefly compromised.
It is the second time that Modi’s Twitter account has been hacked. He is a prolific tweeter and has more than 70 million followers, the most of any world leader. The tweet removed from his main username @narendramodi said that the Indian government had officially purchased 500 bitcoins and was “distributing them to all residents of the country.”
Last year, his account was hacked and a tweet was sent urging people to donate to a fake Covid relief fund. The latest attack comes as India prepares to crack down on a booming cryptocurrency trade, and a new law is likely to come before parliament this month.
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