Connection explained: PM Modi Twitter account hack, PayTM Mall & ‘John Wick’
A Twitter account linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi was hacked on September 3. A hacker, or a group, named ‘John Wick’ claimed responsibility for the cyber attack. The hackers used the @narendramodi_in account to claim that they hadn’t targeted the e-commerce website PayTM Mall. On August 30, a cyber security firm called Cyble had claimed that ‘John Wick’ had gained ‘unrestricted access’ to PayTM Mall’s database. The e-commerce firm had said that user data was safe and it was investigating the matter. Meanwhile, the hackers also used PM Modi’s account to seek Bitcoin donations in the name of the ‘PM National Relief Fund’. This invoked memories of mass hijacking of celebrity accounts in July 2020. Twitter accounts of eminent individuals like Barack Obama, Kanye West, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk, and companies like Apple and Uber, had been hijacked to carry out a Bitcoin scam. Watch the full video for more.