BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Thursday stoked a fresh controversy over the hacking of official Twitter account Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. Swamy, who is known for making controversial statements, took a dig at Rahul Gandhi saying that it was handiwork of Congress insiders or confidants of the Congress vice president with whom he has ‘misbehaved’. “This is done by the dissatisfied people with whom Rahul Gandhi has misbehaved. The people already knew the code have done this and not the outsiders,” he said, according to a report. The official Twitter accounts of Indian National Congress and Rahul Gandhi were hacked today and some messages laden with expletives and profanities posted on it, the party said. Notably, Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account was hacked last night too and some obscene remarks were put out online for around an hour.
After the hacking, Congress raised questions on the digital safety of all Indians and said it reflects disturbing insecurities of the prevalent “fascist culture” in the country. “We wanted to raise the account hacking issue in Parliament.But Rahul ji said “Not right to use Parl for this issue,” Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said. 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.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor lobbed a jibe at the Narendra Modi government and BJP, saying “It is quite clear that BJP have resources behind them which is not just university students having fun.” He also cast aspersion over India’s preparedness in case of foreign cyberattacks putting country’s security at risk. “Good qsn @JayasreeVijayan. Is our digital infrastructure secure? U can laugh abt hacking. What if a foreign power attacks our cyberdefences?” the former diplomat tweeted.
The Congress has, meanwhile, filed a complaint with the Cyber cell of Delhi Police on the hacking of its Vice President’s twitter account. The complaint was filed by party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, demanding strict action against those behind the hacking. Delhi Police has initiated a probe into the hacking of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account and has written to the management of the social media site seeking necessary details. “We have written to Twitter ti provide us log details such as the IP address of the hackers. We have started investigating the matter,” a senior police official said. According to report, Twitter said that if hacker used proxies to hack Congress IT cell, tracing IP address ‘next to impossible’