UPDATE (14:35 CEST): The account seems to be inactive now.
On July 1st, the Twitter account of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Crisis Management Centre was hacked.
An advertisement was published, saying that for 66 BTC (bitcoins) anybody could receive a register of relevant June 2020 tourist payments for trips abroad from the database of the Unified Portal of State and Municipal Services (EGPU).
The tweet itself, from an official Russian government account was evidence enough that they could provide the information, and there was a throwaway email attached.
This is a striking example of incompetence – a Russian government was hacked, and more than half a day later, it still remains hacked with an advertisement to sell citizens’ private information remaining as the sticky tweet.
And there’s two options:
- The responsible persons have failed to return ownership of the government account, which is dubious, at best.
- The Crisis Management Centre’s account is paid so little attention that they’ve not yet realized it has been hacked. After all, these hacked tweets are the only tweets originally posted by the account in a long while. Everything else is just a re-tweet from other government accounts, meaning that it could simply be logged into a Twitter deck and little interest is paid to an account that should be responsible for managing crises.
Finally, if the advertisement is true, this means that the Foreign Ministry’s security was compromised and there is a massive data leak of personal payment information of Russian citizens.
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