The Twitter account of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's administration was temporarily hijacked early Saturday. In response, the state administration said that "severe action" will be taken against the individuals responsible.
"On April 9 at 12:30 a.m., anti-social forces managed to influence the official Twitter account @CMOfficeUP of the Chief Minister's Office, posting several posts that were retrieved quickly."
The cybercriminals had changed the cover photo to an NFT cartoon Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC) and Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) sent out hundreds of posts. The particular timeframe of the cyber-attack has yet to be confirmed. More than 40.53 lakh people are following the handle. Almost 300+ posts were uploaded as rubbish, and the cybercriminal also removed prior old tweets.
The cybercriminals uploaded a message on the timeline titled "How to Turn Your BAYC/MAYC Animated on Twitter."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Twitter handle was similarly compromised in December of last year. The intruders claimed that India had "formally recognized bitcoin as legal money" in a message from the Prime Minister's Twitter account. The hackers had shared a link and asked users to "hurry up," composing:
"The government has officially purchased 500 BTC and is distributing them to all country citizens."