Congress raises Twitter hack in House, files complaint

Congress raised the issue in Parliament on Thursday and also filed a complaint with the cyber cell of the Delhi Police


Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala confirmed that first @OfficeOfRG and then @INCIndia Twitter accounts were hacked by ‘lumpen fascists’. Photo: HT
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala confirmed that first @OfficeOfRG and then @INCIndia Twitter accounts were hacked by ‘lumpen fascists’. Photo: HT

New Delhi: The Congress party blamed “lumpen fascists” after the Twitter handles of the party and its vice-president Rahul Gandhi were hacked and obscene messages left on them on Wednesday night.

The accounts were restored on Thursday. “Hello everyone! We are back. The tweets in the morning lacked wit, evidently. Anyway, Mr Modi, back to people’s questions, care to answer?” the official account of Congress said.

The Congress raised the issue in Parliament on Thursday and also filed a complaint with the cyber cell of the Delhi Police late night on Wednesday.

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An FIR was registered by the police Thursday to probe the hacking of Gandhi’s account and investigation has been initiated. The ministry of electronics and information technology has also started a probe.

“This exposes cyber security network in India, its weaknesses. Free speech and right to disagree is under attack by lumpen fascists in this country,” Congress party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

He said that “such unscrupulous, unethical and roguish conduct of venal trolls reflects disturbing insecurities of prevalent fascist culture.”

“Such lowly tactics will neither drown the sane voice of reason nor deter Gandhi from raising people’s issues,” he added.

On Wednesday night, Gandhi’s account was hacked and a series of messages with profanities were posted. These messages were deleted soon after.

“The way @OfficeOfRG account got hacked, as cybercrime & Twitter watched helpless raises serious questions on digital safety, Digital India future. Those forcing country to adopt online payment overnight, have they taken steps to ensure account of ordinary people will be immune from hacking?” Congress leader Ahmed Patel said on Twitter.

PTI contributed to this story.

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