Congress party and its vice president Rahul Gandhi were in for some fire fighting within after the official Twitter accounts of the principal opposition party and Gandhi were hacked in space of few hours. Reacting to the incident, Congress party raised questions on the digital safety of all Indians. A complaint regarding the hacking has been filed with the Cyber cell of Delhi Police.
While the latter’s account @OfficeOfRG was hacked Wednesday night, Congress party’s handle @INCIndia was hacked hours later with messages laden with expletives and profanities posted on it.
The Ministry of Electronics and IT has also started probe into the hacking of accounts. MEITY’s cyber security arm Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) will investigate the matter.
“We are probing the incident (hacking of Gandhi’s account),” the ministry official said. CERT-In has authority to collect information stored or communication carried out by any computer in the country for the purpose of cyber security.
Meanwhile, sources at Twitter said there was no security breach at their end, but the accounts may have been compromised through breach of e-mail. They added that the company was contacted by Congress in the matter but it is yet to receive any communication from the government.
Earlier, reacting to the hacking, the principal opposition party had raised questions on the digital safety of all Indians and said it reflects disturbing insecurities of the prevalent “fascist culture” in the country.
“Hacking of@OfficeofRG proves lack of Digital safety around each one of us. Every digital info can be accessed, altered, morphed & modified,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, adding, “Such lowly tactics will neither drown the sane voice of reason nor deter Rahul Gandhi from raising people’s issues.”
“Such unscrupulous, unethical and roguish conduct of venal trolls to hack Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter handle reflects disturbing insecurities of prevalent fascist culture,” he added.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel also tweeted, “The way @OfficeOfRG a/c got hacked, as cybercrime and Twitter watched helpless raises serious Q’s on digital safety, Digital India future.”
“Those forcing country to adopt online payment overnight, have they taken steps to ensure a/c of ordinary ppl will be immune from hacking?,” he also said.
According to the latest information, the accounts have now been cleansed off the abusive and hacked content.
(With inputs from the PTI)