New Delhi, March 16: The official website of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) - www.gujaratcongress.in - was allegedly hacked on Friday. The unidentified hackers also uploaded a picture of Congress leader Hardik Patel with a woman from his infamous sex CD scandal. Hardik Patel joined Congress on March 12. Following the breach, Gujarat Congress pulled down the website which is restored now.
Hackers posted a screenshot from a video in which a man was seen engaging in some intimate moments with a woman. It is being alleged that the man in the video is Hardik Patel. Manish Doshi, the spokesperson of state Congress, said the video was made by politically motivated elements when Patel was spearheading Patidar quota stir. Doshi said the video was made to discredit Patel, adding that a formal complaint would be lodged. BJP Website Hacked; Abusive Words, Error Message Appear on www.bjp.org.
"Hardik officially joined Congress on March 12 in presence of party president Rahul Gandhi and elements indulging in dirty tactics are deeply disturbed and playing foul games," Doshi said in a statement. He said that the party will lodge a formal complaint with the Election Commission of India (ECI) and cyber crime cell of the local police. Meanwhile, a French security researcher offered help to the Congress on a condition.
The vigilante hacker, who goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and who published Aadhaar data leaks in the past, on Saturday wrote: "And because I'm super nice, i will restore the Gujarat Congress's official website too if @UIDAI is publishing "We love Elliot Anderson" on their official Twitter (sic)." This comes at a time when the official website of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) remains down for 12 straight days after being 'hacked' on March 5.
Elliot Alderson also has an offer for the BJP. "In 2019, if you choose me to be your Prime Minister, I will restore the @BJP4India website (sic)," he tweeted.