India’s Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian’s Twitter account was hacked on Monday. It was noticed there had been at least two tweets from his account, providing links to an adult fraternising site. One of the tweets read, “Looking for someone to share your dreams with? Let the passion into your life! https://bit.ly/2dfLC6i”.
On realisation of the hacking, both the tweets seem to have been deleted. Subramanian had last used his Twitter account on October 4, when he had been :
— arvind subramanian (@arvindsubraman) October 4, 2016
Subramanian later confessed to having his account hacked, and apologised for any inconvenience or offence it might have caused to his followers.
My twitter account was hacked. My profuse apologies for the nuisance/offensive tweets that were sent out as a result.
— arvind subramanian (@arvindsubraman) October 17, 2016
Sekhar Gupta, the founder of ThePrint, meanwhile found a way to joke about the Chinese and Russians getting bored at the BRICS summit 2016 and attributed this hacking to them
Bull’s eye, it seems. Then most likely explanation to what happened to poor CEA’s account…. https://t.co/WaTsJ44llj
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) October 17, 2016
Arvind Subramanian has 42,900 followers and follows 45 people as per October 17, 2016. Gupta also happens to be the Assistant Director in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund.