Vijay Mallya’s Twitter account was hacked on Friday, hours after the businessman said on the social media site that an outfit called Legion was blackmailing him after hacking into his email accounts. Hackers posted a list of email IDs and their passwords, claiming that they were Mallya’s and that contained details of all his assets at several banks.
The hackers also shared a link, saying they had information on his bank accounts, assets, passports and offshore investments. “This is just a partial dump...We shall bring you more about this fraudster and conman over the course of the next few weeks,” the tweets posted from Mallya’s profile said. “Legion will find you, hack you, expose you.”
“Support Legion. We will bring you the info needed to bring these criminals to justice!”, the hackers said. They also shared what they claimed was Mallya’s address and personal phone number and denied blackmailing the beleaguered businessman. “We did not blackmail Mallya, any and all rumours are assumptions and fake! He is creating propaganda,” a tweet said.
Mallya has been embroiled in a number of cases in India. On November 21, the Central Bureau of Investigation had obtained a warrant against the self-exiled businessman, who owes Rs 9,000 crore to a consortium of 17 Indian banks. A special court had declared Mallya an absconder in November.
He had left the country on March 2 and has been in the United Kingdom since then, claiming he could not return to India because the Ministry of External Affairs had suspended his passport. The Centre, however, had countered his argument, saying Mallya could have easily applied for an emergency certificate at an Indian Embassy or High Commission.