Rahul Gandhi, Congress Twitter accounts hacked: Police begin probe, Cong blames ‘govt followers’

Delhi Police’s cyber cell unit of EOW filed an FIR after a complaint was lodged by the Congress.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2016 2:04 pm
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The Twitter accounts of Rahul Gandhi and the Congress, the email accounts linked to these Twitter handles and the Congress’s website were hacked Thursday. The Congress pointed fingers at “followers” of the “government” and argued it also reflected “complete vulnerability of cyber security and lack of safety of digital data”. The party denied that it could be an insider’s job.

Delhi Police’s cyber cell unit of EOW filed an FIR after a complaint was lodged by the Congress. The FIR was filed under Section 66 C & D of the Information Technology Act.

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Rahul’s Twitter account was hacked for the second time in 24 hours on Thursday morning and a wave of abusive messages were posted. The Congress regained control of the Twitter handles, but the website (www.inc.in) was yet to be restored till the filing of this report.

“Hello everyone! We are back. The tweets in the morning lacked wit, evidently. Anyway, Mr Modi, back to people’s questions, care to answer?” the Congress tweeted. While Congress leaders wanted to raise the issue in Parliament, they were dissuaded by Rahul Gandhi.

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Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala said the party’s “internal email server is under a sustained hacking attack because of which some of our Twitter accounts were compromised”.

Sources in the Congress said the hacking of the email accounts of Rahul and the Congress linked to the Twitter handles was far more serious. “Every domain name has to be registered somewhere. And every domain has to point to a name server which will tell you where the server is hosted. It seems that has been compromised. All our social media properties were also created using the same inc.in as the email id which is why is all this problems has happened,” a Congress leader told The Indian Express.

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Congress leaders said since the hacker has got hold of the domain itself, all the fresh emails are getting re-directed to the server from where they are controlling things. “Every time our people are trying to make an entry, somebody else is trying to overwrite them,” the leader said.

Sources in Twitter said it was not a hack of the Twitter accounts. They said someone hacked into Congress’s internal email servers and got the passwords of the Twitter accounts. “So legitimate passwords were used to access the accounts,” sources said.

AICC general secretary Digivijaya Singh said: “We suspect some of the government’s followers. The Congress’s account has been hacked, why not of BJP’s? This should be probed,” Singh said.

The BJP hit back at the Congress for pointing fingers at it and its supporters. “We absolutely reject the charge. It only shows the Congress’s bankruptcy that it blames BJP for everything,” said BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma.