Nepal PM’s Twitter hacked: NFT marketplace Blur takes center stage
In a striking cyberattack, the official Twitter account of Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal was hacked early Thursday morning. The account briefly displayed content from the non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace, Blur, before being restored.
Blur NFTs invade Nepal PM’s Twitter amidst confidence vote tension
On the hacked Twitter profile, @PM_Nepal showcased a pinned tweet in reference to the NFT that stated, “The summons has begun. Get your BAKC/Sewerpasses ready and hit the pit!”
Throughout the hacking episode, Dahal’s profile exhibited Blur’s official account bio, accompanied by the pinned tweet concerning NFTs. The moment the violation was detected, the account, with almost 700k followers, underwent a rapid restoration to its original form, bearing the label “Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Government of Nepal.” The Prime Minister’s Office has yet to issue an official statement on the matter.
The timing of this cyberattack is crucial, coinciding with the Nepalese Prime Minister’s plan to conduct a confidence vote in Parliament on March 20, subsequent to the Vice-Presidential election on Friday. Prior to the presidential election, the governing alliance faced challenges, as the parliament’s second-largest party, the CPN-UML, withdrew its backing in February.
Nepal PM’s Twitter hack shines light on innovative Blur NFT platform
Temporarily appearing on Dahal’s Twitter profile, Blur is an NFT marketplace that functions as a digital hub for purchasing, exchanging, and dealing in NFTs. Established in 2020 by a group of seasoned developers and entrepreneurs enthusiastic about blockchain and digital artistry, the platform has attracted collectors, artists, and traders alike.
In order to assist artists and creators with promoting their creations, Blur provides an array of resources and tools, such as analytical panels, personalized displays, and promotional instruments. Additionally, the platform incorporates a social networking component, allowing users to engage with one another, share their collections, and explore new NFTs.
India’s Health Ministry hit by Phoenix cyber assault: confidential data exposed
In a connected incident, a pro-Russian hacking collective known as Phoenix took credit for numerous cyber assaults on the website of India’s Health Ministry. The group asserts to have acquired confidential data regarding hospitals, personnel, and patients.
XVigil, a contextual AI digital risk solution from CloudSEK, identified the breach and verified that the impacted system was a Health Management Information System associated with the Indian Ministry of Health.