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PNS|Vijayawada

YSR Congress Party’s (YSRCP) official Twitter handle was hacked and defaced on Saturday. The hackers filled the images with Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) pictures that are non-fungible tokens (NFTs) used for trading in the cryptocurrency market. It may be recalled that in October this year, the official Twitter account of the Telugu Desam Party(TDP) was also reported to be hacked and the TD leaders alleged involvement of YSRC in the hacking of their Twitter account.

The pinned post on the YSRCP official Twitter account pertained to crypto currency with the photo of Elon Musk, the new Twitter CEO. “To support crypto community, El­on Mu­sk initiated 5.000 BTC and 100.000 ETH GI­V­EAW­­AY. First come, first served: https://medium.com/@tesIa_event/el-on-musk-of-ficial-e-th-and-b-tc-giv-eaway-f1052c2817a6. Note: you can take a gi­­­ft only once. Please hurry up!!!,” it read.

Further several posts were reposted from other handles. “Happy Thanksgiving, Apes. The Trial begins this Christmas.,” one of the tweets read, and another one “My BAYC x SuperPlastic arrived! Well worth the wait! “.

Confirming that the Twitter handle has been hacked, Andhra Pradesh Chief Digital Director Devendra Reddy Gurrampati said they are resolving the issue with Twitter officials. He added, “We have complained to Twitter and they are working on that. It is expected to be resolved soon”. It may be recalled that the Jal Shakti Ministry Twitter handle was also briefly hacked and multiple tweets promoting the crypto wallet Sui Wallet were posted from the account. However, the handle was restored within hours.

After hacking the official handle, the hackers posted around 80 tweets and tagged several government handles and private handles. The hackers changed the official profile picture with Sui’s logo along with its cover image. Similarly, a tweet promoting crypto wallet Sui Wallet first appeared in the Jal Shakti ministry Twitter account.

In another incident, the hackers also targeted the servers of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi’s servers. Also, attempts were made to hack the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) website but in vain.

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