New Delhi. The official Twitter handle of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) @Indiametdept was hacked on Saturday night. However, while giving information about this incident from the same handle at 11.27 pm, the department said that after a few hours this handle has been restored again. A day after this i.e. on Sunday itself, the official Twitter handle of University Grants Commission (UGC) @ugc_india was hacked by hackers. It has around 3 lakh followers. The hackers uploaded the cartoon as UGC’s profile photo. However, later the Twitter account of the UGC was also reinstated.
The Twitter handle of the Meteorological Department was hacked at a time when due to the scorching heat in some parts of India, the traffic on the Meteorological Department’s handle increases significantly. The Meteorological Department said in a statement issued on Saturday night, “The official Twitter account of the India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) has been hacked. All tweets from this account should be ignored until restored.” Hacking the handle, the hacker tweeted, “On the sidelines of Beanz Official, we have opened an airdrop for all active non-fungible token (NFT) traders in the community for the next 2 hours.
NFT is a kind of digital token, in which you can monetize images, games, videos, tweets by converting them into NFTs. These digital assets are bought and sold through cryptocurrencies only. The hackers also shared a GIF with this message. The Meteorological Department restored its account on Saturday night itself.
2.5 lakh followers
The senior official said, “The account was hacked for about 29 minutes on Saturday night. The hacker made 400 to 500 tweets from the account. The account was suspended due to unusual activity. This official Twitter handle of the Meteorological Department has about 2.5 lakh followers.
UP CM office account hacked
Earlier, the Twitter account of the Chief Minister’s Office of Uttar Pradesh was hacked. In this case, an FIR was registered against the unknown hacker in the cyber police station on Saturday. Also, a team of experts was deployed to trace the hacker.