Members of Legion, a hacker group, after compromising four high-profile accounts in India have targeted sansad.nic.in. It includes several big fish, was how it explained. The website provides emails to government employees.
It may be noted over the past few days, the group hacked into the accounts of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, liquor baron Vijay Mallya and senior journalists Ravish Kumar and Barkha Dutt. They threatened to release Congress’ data after compromising Gandhi’s Twitter account. They published 277 files pertaining to Vijay Mallya’s personal and financial dealings, including credit card bills and 1.2 GB of Dutt’s emails.
A Legion member said servers such as those of a hospital chain Apollo, where former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa was hospitalised, were compromised. They have access to as many as more than 40,000 servers across India. “With such data, including hospital and political data, we could do practically anything,” was how the group put it. The group also said the digital banking system in India did not how to protect itself against cyber attacks.
The Legion has access to data of National Payments Corporation of India, iRobot Corporation—hub servers, and has encryption keys/certificates used by some banks in India. But, the group is not interested in exploiting the same.
Through their tweets on compromised Twitter accounts, the hackers’ group has threatened to leak data of former IPL chief Lalit Modi. Similarly, the Legion said that it would possibly target BJP when the time is right.
Lamenting the absence of basic data security practices, a report stated Legion Crew as saying, the group wasn’t interested in getting hold of political data until recently. It was in possession of several terabytes of raw data concerning all sorts of ‘interests’ and that within that trove, the hackers had identified gigabytes worth of information relating to Indian public figures.