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Cong says Twitter a/c hacking predetermined conspiracy, attack

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today dubbed as "predetermined conspiracy" and systematic attack on free speech and right to disagree the hacking of its Twitter account and of and raised questions on the safety of the entire payment network as also of privacy.

"Every right thinking Indian is shocked by such despotic and vulgar attempts, which reflect the extremities of a growing intolerant culture around us that resorts to abuse and insult every time it lacks answers to the questioned raised by those who disagree with their point of view," chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a statement.

He said, "It is a systematic attack on free speech and right to disagree in our country."

He also put out a tweet saying "24 hours after hacking of @OfficeOfRG&@INCIndia,Twitter accounts of other leaders being targeted with impunity as looks on."

Noting that time has come for the to ponder over susceptibility of entire financial platforms, the leader raised questions over the safety and security of all electronic transactions and financial data.

"Time has come for Modi government, which speaks of cashless economy, to ponder over these important imponderables that have exposed the susceptibility of the entire financial platforms. We sincerely hope that will provide the relevant answers to people of India,"he said.

Surjewala also asked if conversational platforms like Twitter can be hacked so "unabashedly" by hackers, what is the safety of entire payment network?

"Does it not prove the inherent cyber security risks that exist for all electronic transactions and payment gateways?" he wondered.

The leader said within seconds, an entire "licenced army of trolls retweeted and reposted the hateful and reprehensible comments and statements of the hackers indicating that they were acting in concert and collusion in pursuance of a predetermined conspiracy".

He said the "brazen hacking attempts" also raise serious questions on the safety and privacy of millions of Indians using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, as not only conversational platforms but also for exchange of ideas and dissemination of information.

He said the truth is that every Indian's privacy is similarly under attack and the onus lies upon the to do suitable course correction for protecting privacy of everyone who is on social media.

On the complaint filed by Congress, Surjewala said the party sincerely hope that the will move expeditiously to not only probe and punish the guilty but will also revisit the issue of safety.

He also said extreme elements have attacked the ideology over last 132 years in different manifestations, both by spoken words and physical violence.

"has always dealt with such hatred and animosity with Gandhian compassion and tolerance. Truth is that totalitarian and authoritarian ideas are an anathema to India's inclusive democracy," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, December 01 2016. 19:42 IST