Yogi govt promises strict action after UP CMO’s Twitter hacked

Lucknow, April 9 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday said that strict action will be taken against those responsible for hacking the official Twitter handle of the state Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).

The state CMO’s Twitter account was briefly hacked in the early hours of Saturday and was immediately restored.

Twitter had suspended the account after observing unnatural activity.

Before it got restored, the unnamed hackers had sent out 400-500 tweets from the account.

“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,” the state government tweeted.

The Yogi Adiyanath government said it has taken help from cyber experts to find those responsible for the hacking and strict action will be taken against them.

The Twitter handle @CMOfficeUP has over 40 lakh followers.

The unidentified hackers also posted a thread of some random tweets on the Uttar Pradesh CMO account.

In December 2021, the personal Twitter handle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefly hacked.

The account was immediately restored after a tweet promoting cryptocurrency was shared from the account.

The personal Twitter handle was restored after getting “very briefly compromised”, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had said in a tweet, after it shared a link promising a bitcoin giveaway.