Twitter account hacking: BJP hits out at Congress’ ‘regressive thinking’
The party’s official Twitter account was hacked on Thursday morning, just 12 hours after Gandhi’s account fell prey to hackers who posted offensive tweets, removed his profile picture and changed the account name and bio.india Updated: Dec 01, 2016 21:04 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday lashed out at the Congress after its leaders criticised the Narendra Modi government for poor cyber security following the hacking of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s and its official Twitter accounts.
The party’s official Twitter account was hacked in the morning, just 12 hours after Gandhi’s account fell prey to hackers who posted offensive tweets, removed his profile picture and changed the account name and bio.
Minister of state for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan squarely blamed the Congress heir apparent for the security breach.
“As Cyber Security Experts would tell you that any digital system is as secure as it’s weakest link i.e. the user in this case. #RahulHacked,” Pradhan tweeted.
Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav followed closely by hitting out at Congress leaders who raised doubts about the cyber security in India and questioned if the bank accounts of ordinary people can remain safe.
“What more regressive thinking needed than Cong leaders using twitter hacking 2 qtn entire digital security! What abt millions already in use,” Madhav posted.
Another senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy even claimed that Gandhi’s Twitter account was hacked by people who already knew the code and were frustrated because of him.
“This is done by the dissatisfied people with whom Rahul Gandhi has misbehaved. The people already knew the code have done this and not the outsiders,” Swamy told ANI.
Swamy also said that Gandhi has annoyed so many people in the office as his mood depends on what he eats.
The Delhi Police’s cyber cell have registered two FIRs into the hacking of Twitter accounts of the Congress party and vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
Agencies reported that the Centre has ordered an inquiry into the hacking of the accounts of Congress and Gandhi but Twitter refused to comment on the matter.
Information and technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that strict action would be taken against those involved in the hacking of Gandhi’s account.
(With inputs from IANS)
First Published: Dec 01, 2016 17:26 IST