- Congress party's Twitter account hacked on Thursday morning
- Account restored after 12 tweets were posted including abuses and threats
- Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account was hacked yesterday
Mr Gandhi's email account, the Congress's Twitter page, its website and server were all hacked between 9.30 pm on Wednesday and 10 am today, the party has told the police. The hacker may be based outside India and using a proxy server, say sources in the Delhi Police, which has sent a questionnaire to Twitter.
On Wednesday evening, tweets full of expletives, and racist and homophobic slur were posted on Mr Gandhi's page around 8.30 pm. The hackers later removed his profile picture and changed the title from @OfficeOfRG to "Retarded Gandhi".
After his account was restored, the 45-year-old tweeted a message.
This morning, a dozen abusive tweets were posted on Congress's @INCIndia's account. One of the tweets that emerged on the Congress Twitter page this morning threatened to post a "full dump" of emails.
To every one of you haters out there. I love all of you. You're beautiful. Your hatred just doesn't let you see it yet— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) December 1, 2016
"As soon as I heard it last night, I spoke to the IT person in charge," Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters, adding that he had asked Twitter to remove the offensive tweets.
The Congress has alleged that the attack was by "licensed trolls" and reflected "disturbing insecurities of prevalent fascist culture". The party, however, was asked not to "make a big issue" of the hacking in parliament by Mr Gandhi at a meeting this morning.
Senior party leader Kapil Sibal said: "Hacking will always be an issue but as we move towards digital economy, you must ensure accounts are not hacked. The government must assure systems are in place."
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