Legion, the group of anonymous people responsible for the hacking of Twitter accounts of Rahul Gandhi, Vijay Mallya, the Indian National Congress, Barkha Dutt and Ravish Kumar on Monday denied of having any political inclination. The hacker group said that former IPL Chairman Lait Modi was their next target. They further claimed to have access to sansad.nic.in, an email server used by almost all government employees in India. A member of Legion had an interview with the Washington Post and said they did not have any interest whatsoever in any political data until a few weeks ago. Although, he claimed that the group, which he says is in single digits, was in possession of terabytes of data but managed to filter out gigabytes of significant data from it. IN another interview with FactorDaily, they spoke of their plans to ‘dump’ the sansad.nic.in emails which they claim have a “lot of big fish”. On being asked if they had any political inclination behind the attacks, they said that the people who thought that should “gas themselves with a balloon filled with Zyklon B”. To the uninitiated, Zyklon B was used by Hitler and pals to execute the Jews during the Holocaust.
Legion’s first target was Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. Legion hacked his accounts and made fun of him by calling him names. The very next day, they hacked both Gandhi and the INC’s Twitter handle. While all this seemed like a mere joke or an attempt at embarrassing, Legion got serious when they hacked Vijay Mallya’s Twitter account and ‘dumped’ his personal data, that included his assets, passport, mail ids, Twitter password among other personal data. Over the weekend, Legion targeted Barkha Dutt and Ravish KUmar’s Twitter account. Legion also managed to hack NDTV’s entire email server and posted 1.2 GB of Dutt’s mails on her Twitter account.
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The group says that they are a bunch of people based outside India addicted to crime and drugs. The hacker who was interviewed by Washington Post said that they had access to over 40,000 servers in India. The group also claimed that they had access to the Apollo Hospital servers. Although. they mentioned that they were not sure about releasing the data as some of these data might cause chaos in the country. In another interview, when asked about if they would target the BJP, a hacker said that when the time was right, they would do that too.