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UP govt, Punjab Cong’s official Twitter accounts hacked; NFT-related content put out

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: After the Office of the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh’s Twitter account was hacked on Saturday, weird messages from the Government of Uttar Pradesh’s official Twitter account were posted on Monday. The tweets, however, were quickly removed.

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On Monday morning, the Punjab Congress’ official Twitter account was hijacked. Since then, the account has sent out over 100 tweets as well as other postings tagging random people.

The hackers changed the profile photo and sent out a tweet with a GIF that read, “In celebration for the reveal of the Beanz Official Collection, we have opened up an airdrop to all active NFT traders in the community for the next 24 hours! Claim Your Beanz.”

The majority of the tweets appeared to be from bots associated with digital assets, such as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and cryptocurrencies. Punjab Congress’s Twitter account has roughly 184 thousand followers.

In recent days, concerns have been raised about the hacking of accounts used to transmit information to the general public.

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According to a top officer, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office’s official Twitter account was also momentarily hacked just hours later, and those responsible will suffer the toughest penalties.

At the Lucknow Cyber Crime Police Station, a case has been registered in this respect. Before the handle, @CMOfficeUP, was recovered, the hackers changed the account’s profile photo to a cartoon and sent hundreds of tweets.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Office’s Twitter account hacked. pic.twitter.com/aRQyM3dqEk

— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) April 8, 2022

“The account was hacked for around 29 minutes at night on Saturday. The hackers posted around 400-500 tweets, and the account was suspended on grounds of unnatural activity,” the senior official told reporters More than 40 lakh people follow @CMOfficeUP on Twitter.

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“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,” the Uttar Pradesh government said later in a Hindi tweet. They sent out a few tweets, which were quickly recovered.”

According to the statement, the hackers will face the heaviest punishment imaginable after a comprehensive examination by cyber specialists.

On Saturday, ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said a FIR had been filed with the UP police’s Cyber Cell against unnamed individuals. “An investigation is being done very seriously. “We’ll find out who’s to blame and take action against them,” he added.

The account was partially restored a few hours later, and the tweets written by the handle when it was hacked were erased.

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