Last week, multiple Indian politicians and government entities had their Twitter accounts hacked and then had NFT related content posted to their accounts. The list of accounts involved in the hack include the government of India's largest state Uttar Pradesh, the office of the chief minister Yogi Adityanath, The Punjab National Congress, the University Grants Commissions and the Meteorological Department.
The first account to be hacked was the chief minister’s office. During the hacking, their profile picture was replaced to show a Bored Ape NFT, and hundreds of tweets were posted and old tweets were deleted. The next account to be hacked was the government of Uttar Pradesh. During this hack, the perpetrators shared a link to the Azuki Beanz NFT Airdrop website. A similar post was also made on the Punjab Congress account. The most recent hacked account was India’s University Grant Commission. During this hack the perpetrators changed the bio to mimic the co-creator of the Azuki NFTs, and also changed the profile picture to an Azuki image.
It is clear that none of the perpetrators have any connection to the official Azuki NFT projects, however, these actions make you wonder why these hackers chose this NFT project to illegally hype. The type of actions witnessed this week should make everyone stop and think before you invest in NFTs. People need to do their own research prior to minting to ensure that the information they heard is totally accurate. Before minting an NFT it is important to learn who the supporters are, what is the reason this NFT is being created, and what the projects holds in the future. People should never rely solely on one source before making financial decisions, no matter how big or small.