New Delhi, Mar 26: Elliot Alderson, a self-proclaimed French hacker, who alleged misuse of personal data by the Narendra Modi (NaMo) app, has now trained his guns on the Congress. In a series of tweets, Alderson on Monday alleged that the Congress’s app was transferring user data to the party’s website membership.inc.in, whose server, according to the hacker, is located in Singapore.Also Read - Demolitions in Delhi: '80% of Delhi Illegal, Will You Destroy All of It', Arvind Kejriwal to BJP
“When you apply for membership in the official @INCIndia #android #app, your personal data are send encoded through a HTTP request to http://membership.inc.in,” Alderson wrote on Twitter. ‘HTTP’ is a relatively insecure internet protocol used to transfer data. The French hacker went on to claim that the Internet Protocol (IP) address of ‘membership.inc.in’, the website to which the Congress’s Android app allegedly connects to, was located in Singapore. Also Read - Congress Chintan Shivir: Party Discusses Role of EVMs in Poll Debacles, Ponders Over Strategy to Find Back Winning Ways
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“The IP address of http://membership.inc.in is 220.127.116.11. This server is located in Singapore. As you are an #Indian political party, having your server in #India is probably a good idea,” Alderson said on Twitter. Congress’s social media in-charge Divya Spandana/Ramya, however, denied the charges and said the Congress doesn’t drive membership through the app.
“We don’t drive membership through the app, it’s done through our website http://www.inc.in. Servers for these are based in Mumbai. As you may have noticed, the link on the app is broken,” Spandana/Ramya said. “We don’t collect any personal data through the INC app. We discontinued it a long time ago. It was being used only for social media updates. We collect data for membership and this is through our website http://www.INC.in , this is encrypted,” she added.
Amit Malviya Takes Dig at Rahul Gandhi:
Bharatiya Janata Party’s IT cell head Amit Malviya took a dig at the Congress president Rahul Gandhi with the same language that latter used to level similar allegations against the NaMo app. “Hi! My name is Rahul Gandhi. I am the President of India’s oldest political party. When you sign up for our official App, I give all your data to my friends in Singapore,” Malviya wrote on Twitter.
“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,” Rahul had said targetting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over alleged misuse of personal data of users who use NaMo app.