Rahul Gandhi, Indian National Congress Twitter accounts hacked 'within hours'

Published: December 1, 2016
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Rahul Gandhi. PHOTO: AFP

Rahul Gandhi. PHOTO: AFP

Hours after Indian National Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account was hacked on Wednesday, the party’s official account and its website met a similar fate.

Tweets with abusive material were also posted on the party’s account though these were reportedly taken down in about 30 minutes.

“It’s a huge question mark on the digital security,” Gandhi was quoted as saying by Asian News International.

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The Congress termed the hackings “unscrupulous, unethical and roguish,” blaming, what they called, internet trolls for the act. It went on to name “fascist culture” as being responsible for the act. The party is expected to raise the matter in Parliament over the winter session.

Meanwhile, Delhi police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) of Gandhi’s account hacking after a complaint was filed in this regard. According to police, a probe into the incident had been launched and the cyber crime was being investigation from all aspects.

The official Twitter account of  the Congress has 1.38 million followers while that of Rahul Gandhi has 1.22 million.

On July 21, the official Twitter account of Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah was hacked, with a group apparently sympathetic to minority Shia Hazara protesters later claiming responsibility.

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