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Canara Bank's X Handle Hacked: What You Need to Know

Canara Bank Targeted in Social Media Takeover 

Over the weekend, Canara Bank, a major Indian public sector bank, faced a concerning cybersecurity incident. Hackers compromised their official social media handle on X (formerly Twitter). This wasn't just a simple defacement – reports indicate the attacker went a step further. 

Beyond the Username Change 

While details are still emerging, here's what we know so far: 

  • The attacker not only changed the username to "," but there's a possibility they gained access to more sensitive information. This could include the account's direct messages and even past posts. 

  • The extent of the damage is under investigation. Canara Bank is likely assessing whether the attacker could have altered any historical information or used the platform to spread misinformation.

Canara Bank Responds Quickly 

Fortunately, Canara Bank acknowledged the breach promptly. They released a statement assuring customers that their teams are working alongside X to regain control of the account. They've also urged users to avoid interacting with the compromised handle until it's back in their hands. 

A Pattern of Social Media Attacks 

This attack is particularly concerning because it follows a similar incident involving Axis Bank's support handle on X just a week prior. In that case, hackers made unauthorized posts about tech entrepreneur Elon Musk's company, Tesla. This pattern suggests a potential targeting of Indian financial institutions on the platform. 

What You Can Do to Stay Safe


While the full picture of the Canara Bank breach is still developing, here are some crucial steps you can take to protect yourself: 

  • Avoid Contact with the Compromised Account: Don't reply to messages or click on any links posted by the "" handle. These could be phishing attempts designed to steal your personal or financial information. 

  • Be Wary of Phishing Emails: Hackers may leverage this incident to launch email phishing campaigns. Never share your personal details or banking credentials through emails before verifying the sender identity. 

  • Follow Official Channels for Updates: Stay informed by following Canara Bank's official website and verified social media channels for updates on when they regain control of the X handle. 

  • Strengthen Your Online Security: This is a good reminder to practice strong cybersecurity hygiene. Use complex passwords and enable two-factor authentication for all your online accounts, especially your banking accounts. 

Lessons Learned 

This incident underscores the critical need for robust social media security measures for financial institutions. Banks must invest in strong cybersecurity protocols to protect their social media presence and have a clear communication plan for such situations. 

By staying vigilant and practicing good online habits, you can minimize the risks associated with this cyberattack. 

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