A senior official has informed that the official Twitter handle of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office was hacked late Friday night. He said the hackers sent out 400-500 tweets from the account.
“The account was hacked for around 29 minutes in the night. The hackers posted around 400-500 tweets, and the account was suspended on grounds of unnatural activity. Efforts are on to restore it,” the official said on Saturday.
The Twitter handle will be restored soon, he said while asserting that the strictest action will be taken against those responsible.
A case was registered in this connection at the Cyber Crime police station in Lucknow.
Later, in a tweet in Hindi, the Uttar Pradesh government said, “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 Twitter handle @CMOffice has over 40 lakh followers.
In screenshots of the hacked account seen on various news websites, the profile picture of the handle had been replaced.