Hackers target Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta’s Twitter a/c, post bitcoin messages | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta’s official Twitter account was hacked on Friday morning and tweets related to bitcoins were posted. The account was restored by 7pm. BBMP officials who confirmed this said they alerted cybercrime police to restore the account and act against culprits.
In a post after his official account was retrieved, Gupta said that he was “looking forward to interacting” with citizens on issues related to Bengaluru and added that they have taken steps to prevent recurrence of such mishaps.
Gupta’s official account has 1.2 lakh followers. It is one of the active social-media forums through which citizens connect with the Bengaluru administration on civic and Covid issues.
Comments made to Tesla CEO’s tweet
Initially, the hacker renamed the account from ‘Gaurav Gupta’ to ‘TSLA’. Palike officials were trying to retrieve the account with cops’ help when its display name was changed to ‘-’.
One of the tweets posted by the hacker read, “Our mission is to advance humanity by solving the world’s hardest problems! We want to thank our supporters and also help crypto mass adoption. 5000 BTC will be distributed among everyone who takes part in this event!! 1-Retweet 2-Joinhere: /www.TESLABIG.com.” Some comments were also made from the same account to a tweet of Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors. However, the comments were deleted.
In September 2019, at least six Twitter accounts of Bengaluru traffic police stations were hacked and renamed. Probe revealed the passwords were weak. In August the same year, the state government’s e-procurement portal was hacked and over Rs 1 crore was diverted to a bank account belonging to a citybased company.

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