Hackers may have breached Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account on November 30 from abroad. Twitter has provided the Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell with information on the internet protocol addresses that were used to post expletives from the Congress vice president profile. “The Twitter handle logs show both the accounts were operated from five countries, a police officer told The Indian Express. These include the United States, Thailand, Canada, Sweden and Romania.
Gandhi’s party’s account was also hacked on December 1, after which Congress deactivated 200 Twitter accounts of its leaders, saying there had been “suspicious activity”. The Delhi Police had registered two FIRs under the Information Technology Act in the matter and briefed Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had started an investigation into the case, as well.
The police will write to these countries and seek information on the hackers. If the details handed over do not prove useful, they will approach the concerned courts in the five countries, the officer said. However, authorities fear the use of proxy servers, which make it difficulty to trace the exact location of the users, may hinder their investigation.
Moreover, investigation into the Twitter activity of Gandhi and Congress’ accounts has revealed that they were accessed on two consecutive days – between 9.15 pm and 9.30 pm on November 30 and around 10.30 am on December 1 – in Bangalore, where the main server of the Congress’ media operations is located, according to The Hindu.