Hours after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account was hacked, the social gathering’s official account was additionally discovered to be hacked. Abusive tweets had been posted on the Congress’s account @INCIndia earlier Thursday though these tweets had been eliminated inside 30 minutes. The social gathering’s web site inc.in was discovered to be hacked as nicely.
“It’s a huge question mark on the digital security,” Gandhi was quoted saying by information company ANI.
The Delhi Police has registered an FIR into the hacking of Gandhi’s Twitter account on the premise of a grievance filed Wednesday. The police mentioned an investigation has been initiated and are taking a look at all features relating to cyber crime.
Hours after the hacking, in indicators that the Congress account has been restored, this tweet was despatched out:
Hello everybody! We are again. The tweets within the morning lacked wit, evidently.
Anyway, Mr Modi, again to individuals’s questions, care to reply?
— INC India (@INCIndia) December 1, 2016
Late Wednesday night, Gandhi’s Twitter account was additionally discovered to be hacked equally although the abusive tweets had been taken down hours later. The social gathering known as the hacking “unscrupulous, unethical and roguish” and blamed web trolls for the act. A ‘fascist culture’ was behind the act, the Congress mentioned.
“Such unscrupulous, unethical and roguish conduct of venal trolls to hack @OfficeOfRG reflects disturbing insecurities of prevalent fascist culture,” social gathering spokesman Randeep Surjewala tweeted instantly afterward. It was not clear which organisation was behind the hacking. The social gathering has filed a grievance with the cyber cell of the Delhi Police over Gandhi’s Twitter account being hacked. The matter can be anticipated to succeed in each Houses of Parliament within the ongoing winter session because the Congress plans to boost it.
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) December 1, 2016
“The social media hack of both the accounts can be a result of any one of the following two possibilities: It can either be a potential backdoor(malware) being present on a computer system on which both the accounts might have been simultaneously accessed or this can be a long persistent and targeted attack – spear phishing in most cases on either the email account that was used to create the twitter handle or directly of the twitter account – on the political party. In either of the case I am certain there is more data in the hands of the hackers than just account access that might be released in due course of time,” mentioned Saket Modi, co-founder and CEO of Lucideus, in a press release. Lucideus is a digital safety services supplier.
“The only two parties responsible for the security of a social media account are the social media provider (in this case Twitter) and the owner of the account. As it’s just 2 accounts that have been compromised and misused, it is safe to assume that the exploited vulnerability was not present on the side of Twitter,” the assertion learn.
While the official Congress Twitter account has 1.38 million followers as of Thursday, @OfficeofRG account is adopted by 1.22 million individuals on the favored micro-blogging platform.