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In December 2016, the Twitter accounts of Rahul Gandhi, Vijay Mallya and Barkha Dutt were hacked. At the time, a case was registered with Delhi Police’s economic offences wing against an unknown person with the pseudonym ‘Legion’.
Now, five years later, the identity ‘Legion’ has been uncovered as Bengaluru-based hacker Srikrishna Ramesh, also known as Srikki.
The hacker’s name probably sounds familiar because he is the same person who has been named as the prime accused in the recently discovered Karnataka Bitcoin case. As per the case, Srikrishna Ramesh allegedly made away with thousands of bitcoins over the past five to six years.
The case has created havoc in Karnataka, especially among politicians and police officers. Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah took to social media to allege a significant conspiracy.
In 2016, the Twitter accounts of Rahul Gandhi, Vijay Mallya and Barkha Dutt were hacked.
According to sources, details from the chargesheet filed then and the confessions thereafter reveal how Srikrishna Ramesh managed to hack into the Net4India data centre in Delhi in 2016. He used the remote code execution vulnerability method.
The data centre hosted all the sites and domain names and he used this to hack into the accounts of Rahul Gandhi and others.
Using the vulnerability, he changed the mail server records of these servers and reset the passwords of the Twitter accounts. He also masked the IP addresses and fooled the police into suspecting that the hack originated from Sweden, Romania, the United States, Canada and Thailand.
In December 2016, soon after the hacks, Net4 India’s chief executive officer Jasjit Sawhney denied that the hacking of Vijay Mallya and Rahul Gandhi’s accounts took place on their servers.
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