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IT Ministry probing Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account hack

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Ministry of Electronics and IT has started probe into hacking of Vice President Rahul Gandhi's official Twitter account.

"We are probing the incident (hacking of Gandhi's account)," a MEITY official said in response to a PTI query.

Gandhi's official account on site Twitter was hacked on Wednesday night and again this morning. Miscreants posted some expletives-laden tweets, which were later deleted.

The name of the verified Twitter handle "@OfficeOfRG" was also changed.

The party's official Twitter account too was compromised earlier today.

MEITY's cyber security arm Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) will investigate the matter.

CERT-In has authority to collect information stored or communication carried out by any computer in the country for the purpose of cyber security.

Sources at Twitter said there was no security breach at their end, but the accounts may have been compromised through breach of e-mail.

They added that the company was contacted by in the matter but it is yet to receive any communication from the government.

The has filed a complaint with the Cyber Cell of Delhi Police on the hacking of its Vice President's Twitter account.

"Hacking of @OfficeofRG proves lack of digital safety around each one of us. Every digital info can be accessed, altered, morphed and modified," Congress' Chief Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.

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

First Published: Thu, December 01 2016. 15:02 IST