Indian Congress Twitter account hacked, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi targeted again

Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account was hacked twice. Photograph:( Getty )

PTI New Delhi, India Dec 01, 2016, 09.36 AM (IST)

After the Congress party filed a complaint against the hacking of the Twitter accounts of the party and its vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Police has initiated a probe into the matter.

The police has written to the management of the social media site seeking necessary details, PTI reported.

"We have written to Twitter to provide us log details such as the IP address of the hackers. We have started investigating the matter," a senior police official said.

India's information and technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the matter was being taken very "seriously" and prompt action had been taken.

"As far Twitter account of Rahul Gandhi is concerned, when it came to my notice, I took it very seriously. Twitter representative of India was contacted and all offending tweets were removed," Prasad said. "We are seeking the details of all those who logged in that twitter account in the last one week to probe it further."

Congress party hit back against the hacking today.

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Rahul Gandhi retaliated with a tweet of his own.

 

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Rahul Gandhi's official Twitter account was hacked last night and profanities posted from it, which were deleted soon after. It was hacked again this morning. The Congress's Twitter account was hacked today and messages laden with expletives and profanities posted on it.

 

Gandhi's account was hacked around 8.45 PM. (Twitter)

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The party's chief spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala, demanded strict action against the hackers, tweeting that "it reflected disturbing insecurities of the prevalent fascist culture in the country." He also expressed concern about the "digital safety" of Indians.

 

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Surjewala also filed a complaint with the cyber cell of Delhi Police.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel also tweeted:

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(WION with inputs from PTI)