Days after breaking into the Twitter accounts of the Congress Party, its vice president Rahul Gandhi, controversial liquor baron Vijay Mallya and now TV journalists Barkha Dutt and Ravish Kumar, the hacker group Legion has warned that its members now have their eyes set on sansad.nic.in and Lalit Modi’s Twitter handle – which provides email services to government employees.
“Next is a dump of sansad-.nic.in emails. Which is — quite big. It includes a lot of _BIG FISH_,” a Legion member told Facorydaily.com.
Furthermore, the hacker group warned that their next target is former IPL chairman Lalit Modi.
In another interview with The Washington Post through an encrypted instant-messaging software, Legion said that the group has access to over 40,000 servers in India, including that of Apollo Hospitals and it was unsure about releasing data from those servers because it might cause “chaos” in India.
It further claimed that India’s digital banking systems are vulnerable to cyber attacks.
"Legion wasn't even interested in 'political data' until a few weeks ago. ...the group 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," the report quoted the user marked LC from "Legion Crew" as saying.
"When I asked him how they came into possession of so much data, he was vague, and said they just ended up with access to over 40k+ servers in India, 'and we decided – hey, why not write a tool to sift through them for interesting data'," said Max Bearak who writes about foreign affairs for the Washington Post.
"He said the data was choosing the targets for them, not the other way around. Whatever they were finding, they aimed to release. From Dutt's Twitter account, they shared a link to a 'partial' data dump of approximately 1.2 gigabytes of her emails," Bearak said.
Recently, Legion published 277 files purported to be documents pertaining to Vijay Mallya’s personal and financial dealings. They included credit card bills and scanned copies of his passports.