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Congress Takes Down 200 Twitter Accounts After Hacking Attack
File photo of Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. (Reuters)
New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday deactivated 200 Twitter accounts of its leaders after the official handles of the party and its vice president Rahul Gandhi were hacked multiple times in the last 24 hours.
Party sources said official email IDs of many of leaders too have been hacked, and the emails would not be operated until the issue is sorted out.
“The Indian National Congress’ internal email server is under a sustained hacking attack because of which some of our Twitter accounts were compromised. Twitter has restored access for some of them and is working with us in keeping the accounts safe. We are taking necessary measures to stop this hack in the earnest,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a statement.
Earlier, the party had filed a police complaint against the hackings alleging criminal conspiracy.
However, the party stayed away from raising the issue in Parliament as it wanted the house’s focus to remain on demonetization. Opposition leader of the party in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, told media persons that Rahul Gandhi had himself directed them not to raise the issue in Parliament.
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said he suspected the role of “followers of the government” behind hacking of Twitter accounts of the party and its vice president.
“We suspect some of the government's followers only have hacked the official account of Congress. Congress' account is being hacked, why not of BJP's? Rahul Gandhi's account is being hacked, why not that of Narendra Modi or Amit Shah? This should be probed,” Singh told reporters on Parliament premises.
Hitting back, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Congress will blame BJP even if its leaders experience stomach ache. Naqvi, though said the government will take "relevant" steps when Congress files complaints.
However, sources in Twitter said there was no security breach at their end, but the accounts may have been compromised through breach of e-mail.
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