Even as a political blame game has begun following hackers’ attack on the Twitter accounts of Indian National Congress and the party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, several reports have suggested that it may have been carried out by any “disgruntled” Congress employee.
While Delhi police are thoroughly probing into the matter, News18.com reports Congress party sources as saying that the “embarrassing” attack on the Congress’ and Rahul’s Twitter account may have been carried out by a “disgruntled” staff.
Rahul’s Twitter account @OfficeOfRG was hacked first on Wednesday evening. In less than 24 hours, the account was hacked again on Thursday morning. The hackers didn’t even spare the Congress official Twitter handle @INCIndia.
The hackers shared some nasty tweets and threatened to release old internal e-mails of the Congress.
English news channel India Today too quoted Congress sources as saying that the accounts were hacked by party insiders. BJP MP Subramanian Swamy told India Today that there were many Congress workers who have been badly treated by Rahul in past. One of them may have hacked the accounts.
However, the Congress has denied the role of any insider and, instead, blamed the BJP for the digital attacks. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said there was no “disgruntled employee” and it was not carried out by party “insider”. He also said that the abusive posts were re-tweeted by “Bhakts”.
“First @OfficeOfRG & now @INCIndia hacked by lumpen fascists. Free speech & right to disagree in India is under attack by licensed trolls.Such despotic &vulgar attempts reflect the extremities of an intolerant culture that resorts to abuse when cornered and left answer less. Indian National Congress has fought such hatred & animosity with Gandhian compassion & tolerance. सबको सन्मती दे भगवान!,” Surjewala said in a series of Tweets.
The BJP, however, trashed Congress’ claims. The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi police have registered a case under Section 66 of the IT Act. They have also asked Twitter to provide details of the log of the account for investigation.
Union Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad sought a report on the matter and said the Union government will discover the hackers.