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If govt can't protect platform for conversation, how will it protect people's money, asks Cong

Updated: Nov 30, 2016 23:18 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov. 30 (ANI): Taking a serious note of the hacking of its vice president Rahul Gandhi's official Twitter account, ?@OfficeOfRG, the Congress party targeting the government for the lack of digital safety on Wednesday said if it could not protect a private platform for conversation of crores of the people of India, how it could ever protect them from being hacked in terms of their "financial money".

Asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seriously ponder over 'Digital India', 'Cashless India' and online payments, Congress media in charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said, "If you cannot protect a private platform for conversation of crores of the people of India, how can you ever protect them from being hacked in terms of their "financial money" is also a question that the people of India need to think and ponder over."

"The Congress party has taken the issue very seriously. We will be lodging a formal complaint with the Cyber Police and we sincerely hope that the government will show sincerity of purpose in investigating those who are perpetuating this crime and will punish them within a time-bound frame," Surjewala told ANI.

Asserting that unscrupulous, unethical and roguish conduct of venal trolls reflects the disturbing insecurity of the prevalent fascist culture and also the lack of digital safety in India, Surjewala said, "It is extremely sad that office of RG twitter account has been hacked. Such lowly tactics will not drown the voice of reason nor will it deter Rahulji from continuing to raise people's voice."

Raising his concern on the lack of digital safety in India, the Congress leader said, "It is also a matter of concern for a government, which talks about online transactions and financial platforms. If Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account could be hacked, then every digital info can be assessed, can be mopped, and can be modified."

If a Twitter account, which is a conversational platform for crores of people of India, can be hacked in this fashion, then what is the safety of digital platforms and online payments, he sought to know.

The Twitter account of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, ?@OfficeOfRG (Office of RG), was hacked on Wednesday evening.

Confirming the development, Congress media in charge Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, "@OfficeOfRG hacked. Such lowly tactics will never drown the sane voice of reason nor deter Sh. Rahul Gandhi from raising."

The hacker posted obscenities on the timeline. (ANI)