UP Government and Punjab Congress Deal with Twitter Briefly Hacked

Government of Uttar Pradesh website soon restored

Posts related to Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have flooded the official Government of Uttar Pradesh Twitter account after being targeted by hackers today, days after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s office was hacked on the site from microblogging.

The hackers also targeted the verified Twitter account of the Punjab Congress and posted messages similar to those on the Uttar Pradesh government calendar.

While the Uttar Pradesh government website was restored in minutes, the Punjab Congress handle took longer to restore.

The hackers had changed the profile picture and description of the handles.

“To celebrate the reveal of the official Beanz collection, we’ve opened an airdrop to all active NFT traders in the community for the next 24 hours!” a message pinned by hackers on both timelines read.

In the early hours of Saturday, hackers targeted the handle of the office of the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. They changed the profile picture and posted around 500 tweets on the timeline, most of them tagging other Twitter users.

The account was suspended shortly after the breach was spotted. It took about 4 hours to restore the handle. A police case has been filed and authorities have ensured strict action against those found behind the hack.

Additionally, the Twitter handles of the University Grants Commission and the India Meteorological Department have been hacked in the past few days. The modus operandi of these online attacks was similar to today’s attacks – the hackers replaced the profile picture with that of a cartoon character, then posted several tweets identifying hundreds of people.

As for the NFT, it is a digital asset on a blockchain with a unique signature. The blockchain allows anyone to verify the authenticity and ownership of an NFT. NFTs are usually purchased with cryptocurrencies. Sometimes they are also purchased in dollars or fiat currencies and the transactions are recorded on the blockchain.

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