The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Twitter account was hacked on Saturday evening, officials said. Efforts are underway to restore it. It was unclear immediately who was responsible for the breach.
This comes at a time when the IMD account has seen a surge in traffic as a result of India’s ongoing extreme weather. It has over 2.46 lakh followers.
“The Twitter handle has been hacked and we are trying to restore it,” IMD Director-General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said.
This comes days after, unidentified miscreants hacked the official Twitter account of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office (CMO). The UP CMO’s Twitter account was shortly restored.
Later that day, the state administration announced that stern action would be taken against the perpetrators following a cyber expert probe.
“It is informed that there was an attempt to hack the official Twitter account of the Chief Minister’s Office @CMOfficeUP last night by anti-social elements. Some tweets were posted by them which were recovered immediately. After the investigation of the case by cyber experts, the strictest action will be taken against the responsible,” said the Uttar Pradesh government.