BJP: Rahul and his team has zero knowledge of technology
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has alleged, on Sunday, that PM Narendra Modi’s app was leaking data of millions of its users to US companies. He has also claimed that details including names, pictures, genders and even passwords were being taken away.
This has come at a time when data leak scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, and the many reports of Aadhaar data leakage have been recently discussed at length.
Rahul Gandhi tweet say, “Hi! My name is Narendra Modi. I am India’s Prime Minister. When you sign up for my official App, I give all your data to my friends in American companies.”
Hi! My name is Narendra Modi. I am India’s Prime Minister. When you sign up for my official App, I give all your data to my friends in American companies.
Ps. Thanks mainstream media, you’re doing a great job of burying this critical story, as always.https://t.co/IZYzkuH1ZH
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 25, 2018
To this, the BJP countered the charge by saying that Gandhi and his party had zero knowledge of technology.
Rahul Gandhi truly shows why he and his party have zero knowledge of technology. All they can do is scare the masses about technology while they continue to steal data using his ‘Brahmastra’ of Cambridge Analytica.
— BJP (@BJP4India) March 25, 2018
The development comes after revelations about Cambridge Analytica scandal causing allegations and counter allegations between the BJP and Congress. Both the parties accused each other of having links with the data company under the scanner for stealing data from Facebook and influencing elections in the country.
BJP alleged that Cambridge Analytica was involved in Rahul Gandhi’s social media campaigns, especially in last year’s Gujarat Assembly election. Congress on its part claimed that BJP availed of the company’s services in various state Assembly elections — Bihar, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, and Delhi — besides for its ‘Mission 272 plus’ in the 2014 general elections.
Apart from these, the two parties also crossed swords several times over the Aadhaar data security.
In January, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) filed an FIR against the The Tribune and its reporter Rachna Khaira for an article reportedly exposing the ease with which anybody would steal Aadhaar-related data. Congress had accused the NDA government of destroying the Aadhaar program and called the FIR “unfortunate”.
Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s allegations, Union Minister K J Alphons said “I filled up to 10 pages for a US visa form. We have absolutely no problem giving our fingerprints and being naked before the white man at all. When your own government asks for your name and address, there is a massive revolution saying it’s intrusion of privacy.”
On Saturday, a French vigilante hacker, Eliot Alderson made a stunning revelation accusing PM Narendra Modi of having compromised the personal data of millions of Indians, who had downloaded his personal mobile app.
He alleged that the personal data including emails, photos, genders and names of the users of Modi’s mobile app were being sent to a third party domain without their prior consent.
When you create a profile in the official @narendramodi #Android app, all your device info (OS, network type, Carrier …) and personal data (email, photo, gender, name, …) are send without your consent to a third-party domain called https://t.co/N3zA3QeNZO. pic.twitter.com/Vey3OP6hcf
— Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) March 23, 2018
The French cyber security researcher has also alleged that the domain, where the data of PM Modi’s app users were being sent, was a phishing link, owned by a company G-Data.
Phishing is usually designed to steal internet users’ usernames, passwords, and credit card details, often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.