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Uttar Pradesh: Twitter account of CM Yogi hacked, restored later

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  • UP CMO Twitter account has about four million followers
  • The account was hacked at around midnight
  • Screenshots of the hacked CMO account are doing rounds on social media

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Twitter account was hacked on Saturday. The hacking of the Twitter account came to light as the profile photo of the UP CMO account was changed to a cartoonist monkey and the post was published on a tutorial called “How to turn your BAYC/MAYC animated on Twitter”. The unidentified hackers also posted a thread of some random tweets on the UP CMO account. However, the account has now been restored. The UP CMO has 4 million followers on the microblogging site

The account was hacked for around 29 minutes at night. The hackers posted around 400-500 tweets and the account was suspended on grounds of unnatural activity,” the senior official told PTI. Later, in a tweet in Hindi, the Uttar Pradesh government said, “There was an attempt by anti-social elements to hack the official Twitter account of the Chief Minister’s Office, @CMOfficeUP, at 12.30 am on April 9. Some tweets were posted by them which were recovered immediately.”

Superintendent of Police, Cyber Crime, Triveni Singh said a case has been registered under the IT Act against unknown persons. Earlier, hackers had also had Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Twitter account hacked last year in December. The hackers had put out a tweet from PM’s Twitter handle claiming that India has “officially adopted bitcoin as legal tender”. Sharing a link and asking people to “hurry up”, the hackers wrote, “The government has officially bought 500 BTC and is distributing them to all residents of the country”.

The hack occurred at around 12:43 am and by approximately 1:20 am the Uttar Pradesh government authorities regained control of the account. More than 300 tweets were posted as spam and previous old tweets of the handle were deleted by the hacker. Speaking on Saturday, ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said an FIR was registered with the Cyber Cell of UP police against unidentified persons. “An investigation is being done very seriously. We will identify those responsible and will take action against them,” he said.

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