Rahul Gandhi, Congress twitter account hacking triggers spat with BJP

Sources at Twitter, however, said there was no security breach at their end, but the accounts may have been compromised through breach of e-mail.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2016 2:05 pm
hacking Rahul Gandhi's Twitter and email accounts, Randeep Surjewala, National Herald case, BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, MeitY, India news, latest news Rahul Gandhi’s twitter account was hacked last night and some obscene remarks were put out online for around an hour.

After hacking Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter and email accounts twice in as many days, hackers broke into Congress’ account on Thursday and posted profanities, prompting the party to blame it on “fascist” forces, a term it uses for BJP, which hit right back saying it showed the main opposition party’s “mental bankruptcy”. Gandhi’s Twitter account was hacked last night and some obscene remarks were put out online for around an hour. On Thursday, his email was also hacked, the party claimed.

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Blaming “fascist” forces for the hacking, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “it reflects the extremities of an intolerant culture that resorts to abuse when cornered and claimed the party has fought such “hatred and animosity” with Gandhian compassion and tolerance.

BJP hit back at Congress for pointing fingers at it and its supporters, saying it showed the opposition party’s “mental bankruptcy” as it blamed the main ruling party for everything that went against it.

“We absolutely reject the charge. It only shows Congress’ bankruptcy that it blames BJP for everything. When court asked their leaders to appear in National Herald case it blamed BJP, when summons were issued later it still blamed BJP, and now it is blaming BJP for something completely unrelated to the party,” BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said.

He demanded that Congress tender an apology for making such a “baseless” allegation.

The hacking of the Congress Vice President’s Twitter account led to launch of twin probes by the Delhi Police and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY) following a complaint by the party.

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the matter is being taken very “seriously” and prompt action has been taken. “We are seeking the details of all those who logged in that twitter account in the last one week to probe it further.”

The Congress filed a complaint with the Cyber cell of Delhi Police on the hacking of the two twitter accounts, the party website and the email accounts of Congress and Rahul Gandhi. The complaint was filed by Surjewala, demanding registration of a criminal case and strict action against those behind the hacking.

The Delhi police, on its part, initiated a probe into the incident and has written to the management of the social media site seeking necessary details. A case has been registered in the Economic Offences wing under Section 66 of IT Act.

Sources at Twitter, however, said there was no security breach at their end, but the accounts may have been compromised through breach of e-mail.

Surjewala confirmed that first @OfficeOfRG and then @INCIndia twitter accounts were hacked by “lumpen fascists”.

Surjewala said he has filed a complaint on behalf of Congress to Delhi police and said the onus is on Modi government to ensure digital security and punish the guilty.