Twitter accounts of Congress, Rahul Gandhi hacked; Delhi Police registers FIR

Now, the Congress's Twitter account has been hacked.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 1, 2016 3:16 pm
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Hours after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account was hacked, the party’s official account was also found to be hacked. Abusive tweets were posted on the Congress’s account @INCIndia earlier Thursday although those tweets were removed within 30 minutes. The party’s website inc.in was found to be hacked as well.

“It’s a huge question mark on the digital security,” Gandhi was quoted saying by news agency ANI.

The Delhi Police has registered an FIR into the hacking of Gandhi’s Twitter account on the basis of a complaint filed Wednesday. The police said an investigation has been initiated and are looking at all aspects regarding cyber crime.

WATCH VIDEO: After Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter Handle, Congress Official Twitter Account Hacked

Hours after the hacking, in signs that the Congress account has been restored, this tweet was sent out:

Late Wednesday evening, Gandhi’s Twitter account was also found to be hacked similarly though the abusive tweets were taken down hours later. The party called the hacking “unscrupulous, unethical and roguish” and blamed internet trolls for the act. A ‘fascist culture’ was behind the act, the Congress said.

READ: Congress calls hacking ‘roguish, unethical’

“Such unscrupulous, unethical and roguish conduct of venal trolls to hack @OfficeOfRG reflects disturbing insecurities of prevalent fascist culture,” party spokesman Randeep Surjewala tweeted immediately afterward. It was not clear which organisation was behind the hacking. The party has filed a complaint with the cyber cell of the Delhi Police over Gandhi’s Twitter account being hacked. The matter is also expected to reach both Houses of Parliament in the ongoing winter session as the Congress plans to raise it.

“The social media hack of both the accounts can be a result of any one of the following two possibilities: It can either be a potential backdoor(malware) being present on a computer system on which both the accounts might have been simultaneously accessed or this can be a long persistent and targeted attack – spear phishing in most cases on either the email account that was used to create the twitter handle or directly of the twitter account – on the political party. In either of the case I am certain there is more data in the hands of the hackers than just account access that might be released in due course of time,” said Saket Modi, co-founder and CEO of Lucideus, in a statement. Lucideus is a digital security services provider.

“The only two parties responsible for the security of a social media account are the social media provider (in this case Twitter) and the owner of the account. As it’s just 2 accounts that have been compromised and misused, it is safe to assume that the exploited vulnerability was not present on the side of Twitter,” the statement read.

While the official Congress Twitter account has 1.38 million followers as of Thursday, @OfficeofRG account is followed by 1.22 million people on the popular micro-blogging platform.

 

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    Maddy
    Dec 1, 2016 at 8:42 am
    Instead of raising the issue in the parliament or raising concerns over security, Rahul should just change his pword to something other than "pword"..
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      NoUllooBanoing
      Dec 1, 2016 at 7:03 am
      Nawaz Lover ISI Biryani feeder Gappu in action ...taking revenge for Pak attacks !
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        NoUllooBanoing
        Dec 1, 2016 at 7:14 am
        The 69% should join together to end the Demonish reign !
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          George
          Dec 1, 2016 at 2:40 pm
          I never k ew that there were nitwits to break Rahul's twitter. What do they expect from this? some nursery rhymes and some slogans to byheart.
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            Piyush
            Dec 1, 2016 at 7:33 am
            Pappu can't dance is OK...but u need to keep ur pwords safe..vestin digital security
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              Vedic_Citizen
              Dec 1, 2016 at 7:20 am
              Best way to prevent hack is to shut it down, moreover, there hasn't been any meaningful tweets from Pappu.
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                sridhar.sathi
                Dec 2, 2016 at 4:26 am
                Pappu (RaGa) is talking as though his bank account has been hacked.. If its so .. then we could have found out their wealth...Somebody should hack their Swiss bank Account .. Their family's wealth could support our Entire Nation for one full year. Madness to link this with our Digital Security. Its all a political stunt. Congress does not know how to counter Modi jis great Stricke and Good that he has done for our country.
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                  no name
                  Dec 1, 2016 at 5:59 am
                  Congress k chatne walo.....stfu......
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                    Abhishek
                    Dec 1, 2016 at 8:35 am
                    More and more, it is sounding like being done by Congress itself to garner *some* sympathy and accuse the ruling party of at least something. Rahul hi is already a laughing stock and no one needed to abuse him viciously anyway.lt;br/gt;The other possibility is that it is a failure of the social media handling team of the Congress. They must have been lax and/or incompetent.
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                      Ashok Gupta
                      Dec 1, 2016 at 8:18 am
                      RG is an illiterate man who cant even write his own tweets. So the twitter account is in control of some other persons.
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                        Ashok Gupta
                        Dec 1, 2016 at 8:16 am
                        This is an orchestrated drama of the traitor Rahul hi and the INC.
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                          Aniket Deshpande
                          Dec 1, 2016 at 8:51 am
                          another publicity stunt by INC and RG to stay in lime light!!
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                            S Srinivasan
                            Dec 1, 2016 at 6:00 am
                            Who on earth would prefer to hack this useless guy's tweeter,may be Rahullt;br/gt;or one of Congress's paid goons done this for cheap publicity.No one on earthlt;br/gt;would care to know what is Rahuls' views.
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                              Arman khan
                              Dec 1, 2016 at 6:38 am
                              Proves they neglected the IT security infrastructure of this country...21st century is about cyber warfare and these fools did nothing to improve it. they can't even manage a twitter pword how do we trust these clowns with our nuclear codes
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                                Arman khan
                                Dec 1, 2016 at 6:35 am
                                so now Indian culture is fasist...lt;br/gt;I wonder why are these clowns in India.. they should go back to Italy if they hate it so much here
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                                  Raj
                                  Dec 1, 2016 at 7:55 am
                                  True, INC needs to either throw out their first family or go in the dustbin of history - infact, Indian consution should have a provision of no family affiliates in government - 1 generation is the maximum time to serve and no party with family relations and relatives within the leadership or organizational structure should be allowed to contest elections.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Family business needs to be outlawed in public life.
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                                    INDIAN FIRST
                                    Dec 1, 2016 at 10:00 am
                                    The best way for India to go old accounting banking system where ledger for each customer are kept is their respective banks .Otherwise why we need banks at all . Keep all cash in in your own house . But don't tell thieves . Also make a big pockets to in your undergarments to carry cash . Don't get it bulged . Pickpockets will see it Also do not use mobile . Some one can tap it . Do not use email ; some one can hack it . Do not use car; it may meet with an accident. Use khadi and don't use mill cloths . Do not use electricity . You may get shock . What is the use of using locking with keys ; some one can make duplicate of key . Don't use Gas it is very sensitive .If all these happens why we need money at all . Let us walk back .
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                                      Balasubramanya
                                      Dec 1, 2016 at 7:57 am
                                      What is the use of this type of Twitter handling when Ra Ga him self doesn't know how to handle his account and what to write. It shows that he is fit for watching Chota Bheem and Congis projecting him for prime minister post.
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                                        rajbed
                                        Dec 1, 2016 at 9:49 am
                                        Imagine who will try to hack twitter account of Congies. The organisation was long defunct and their people have become irrelevant to the country. Who searches ashes of the dead. Stop antics besharm scamster Congies.
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                                          arun dass
                                          Dec 1, 2016 at 6:02 am
                                          fake hi , fake family party , fake education , fake leaders in the team , .....only to draw sympathy from the people ..WHY DONT THEY DECLARE THAT THE STASHED MONEY IN SWISS BANK ARE FAKE.....AND THAT HAS NOT BEEN LOOTED FROM INDIA BY THEM.....
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                                            Bir Chilarai
                                            Dec 1, 2016 at 8:45 am
                                            Predictably, Congress chaprasi eep Surjewala followed by others are immediately blaming Modi! They ask how secure can bank transactions be if Twitter can be hacked and therefore Digital India is unsafe! Morons don't know that security levels on chat sites like Twitter are altogether different than those for financial transactions. Or that this was not a server-level hack but a username/pword leak, both accounts being used by multiple users. Don't be surprised if police find it was hacked from stan on the behest of Congress, just like they asked stan to help them overthrow BJP. Good news though. It shows the extent of their desperation.
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