Twitter says its systems weren’t compromised in hack of PM Modi’s account

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Twitter today confirmed that the account @narendramodi_in associated with PM Narendra Modi’s personal website narendramodi.in was indeed compromised. In a statement to India Today, Twitter declared that preliminary investigations reveal its systems and services were not compromised – thereby making it unrelated to the July incident that saw several high profile Twitter accounts being hacked.

Meet John Wick

On Sept. 3 a hacker group called John Wick posted a tweet from the PM’s account  saying: “Yes this account is hacked by John Wick, we have not hacked Paytm Mall.”

The group’s message was intended to clear its name following accusations last month that it had hacked into databases at PayTM Mall.

At the end of August, US cybersecurity firm Cyble said in a blog post that it had been tipped off to a data breach at PayTM Mall by someone claiming to be a former member of the hacking group John Wick. That person told Cyble that with the help of an insider the group had gained unrestricted access to PayTM Mall’s entire database (comprising 55 lakh active users) by uploading a backdoor to the PayTM Mall website. 

Cyble says John Wick has previously targeted Indian companies including Square Yards, Zee5 and SumoPayroll with ransomware.

Rooting out the truth behind the accusations is going to be difficult, but it’s easy to see why the group turned to Twitter to clear its name.

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