After the Twitter handles of Congress and Rahul Gandhi were hacked, Delhi Police registered two FIRs on Thursday according to a TOI report. A case under Section 66 of the IT Act was registered and a probe has been initiated. Preliminary investigation revealed that the server from where the hackers had logged in was based in Bengaluru. However, the IP address they used was found to be in Norway or Sweden, sources told TOI. It’s also been suspected that Rahul Gandhi’s account might have been accessed from a device that was lacking an anti-virus software, police said. They also said that the hackers might have logged in from multiple IP addresses so that tracking could be made difficult.
Sleuths suspect that a malware existed on the computer system from which both the accounts were accessed. They called the modus operandi “spear phishing”, where the email account used to create the Twitter handle or the Twitter account itself is hacked using phishing software. “A cyber security team under DCP Anyesh Roy has been formed to probe into the full dump of the INC mail id. A request has been sent to Twitter to access the related information that the hackers had used to create their Twitter profile,” says TOI.