Legion – the hacker group responsible for breaching the Twitter accounts of the Congress Party, its Vice President Rahul Gandhi, fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya, and journalists Barkha Dutt and Ravish Kumar – has said that their main objective was to make classified information public. “Right now, the only objective is to put as much classified information out in the public domain as possible,” the group said in an interview toThe Washington Post. They said they have plans to carry out similar hacks in the future as well.
One of the members of the ‘Legion Crew’ described the group as “a bunch of computer geeks addicted to crime and drugs”. “We just ended up with access to over 40k+ servers in India, and we decided— hey, why not write a tool to sift through them for interesting data?” the member said on chat with the newspaper through an encrypted instant-messaging software.
The member also mocked Mallya for saving his bank logins in a “Notes folder in private email unencrypted”. The group said they might release an “email dump of an entire mail provider with over 50,000 corporate clients in India”. The member said the group had access to servers of Apollo Hospitals where deceased Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa was treated till she died on December 5. However, the group said they were unsure about releasing the information “because it might cause chaos”.
The hacker also shared plans about moving to Russia to “try some drugs” after Delhi which has failed to impress the member, as expressed to the newspaper. The member of the group also said progressive music was the real passion and not daily hacks.
The latest victim of the Legion was Ravish Kumar through whose account the group said, “We use Twitter as a means to reach the public. We don’t just hack Twitter accounts, go through the data and find out.” The group had then warned that former IPL Chairman Lalit Modi would be its next target.