Cong Twitter Hacking: Server Traced To B’luru


New Delhi: Delhi police registered two FIRs on Thursday following a complaint that the Twitter handles of Congress and its vice-president Rahul Gandhi were hacked. Police said a case under Section 66 of the IT Act was registered and a probe has been initiated.

Sources said that preliminary investigation revealed that the server from where the hackers had logged in was based in Bengaluru. However, the IP address they used was found to be in Norway or Sweden.

Police suspect that Rahul’s account might have been accessed from a device that did not have updated anti-virus software or from a compromised IP address. They said that the hackers might have logged in from multiple IP addresses to make tracking difficult.

Sleuths suspect that a malware existed on the computer system from which both the accounts were accessed. They called the modus operandi “spear phishing”, where the email account used to create the Twitter handle or the Twitter account itself is hacked using phishing software.

A cyber security team under DCP Anyesh Roy has been formed to probe into the full dump of the INC mail id. A request has been sent to Twitter to access the related information that the hackers had used to create their Twitter profile.