The Twitter account of PM Narendra Modi’s personal website and mobile app was hacked early this morning. The account reportedly sent out tweets asking its (2.5M) followers to donate to the PM National Relief Fund through cryptocurrency. Twitter says that it has taken “steps to secure the compromised account” and is “actively investigating” the situation. PM Modi’s personal account with 61M followers was unaffected.
After PM Narendra Modi mentioned innovative apps on Mann ki Baat last Sunday, several indigenous apps have raced to the top 10 on the app store. Josh, ShareChat, Moj, Chingari are some indigenous apps topping the social media category; Ap Sarkar Seva, Drishti etc in the educational category; Aarogya Setu, StepSetGo, Home Workout etc led in health and fitness. This move will not only boost the ‘self-reliant India’ but also replace unsafe foreign apps.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will reportedly announce the govt’s plan to spend $1.19B to bolster the cyber defence of private firms, households over the next 10 years. Cyberattacks cost about 1.5% of the Australian GDP. This move comes after Australia witnessed a series of a cyberattack; 2019 attack on Australian parliament, being the most intense one. The country will work on disrupting would-be attackers, fortify critical infra, boost police efforts.