“Hacking” nightmare continues? Now Indian National Congress’ website defaced

Yesterday Rahul Gandhi’s account was “hacked” with some weird messages being posted from his account. No private or confidential data was revealed but it was clear someone had been playing around. There is still some doubt whether this was a genuine hacking or a plan to trash Digital India and demonetisation’s push for a cashless economy.

Today, we saw the Indian National Congress’s twitter account compromised, with the hacker again posting some weird and abusive messages. Some were even copied from the lyrics of a song:

Oddly, the “hacking” ended just about in time for Parliament to start, and things were back to normal with the account:

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Now, the “hackers” have even defaced the website of Indian National Congress. The official Twitter account (the un-hacked version) of the Indian National Congress puts its website address as www.inc.in. But when we checked this website, this was what we got:

The "hacked" site
The “hacked” site at 3.30 pm on Dec 1 2016

We thought that maybe the domain registration had expired. But on checking records, that was not the case. A functional website was present on the domain was confirmed from Internet Archive finder site, which records older versions of webpages:

The original site
The original site as seen on 28th November 2016

When the Congress party’s official Twitter handle (@INCIndia) was hacked this morning, the hacker had claimed to be in possession of emails from Congress’ official domain address (@inc.in) and had threatened to release them. If true, is this a natural progression before we actually see the emails?

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