Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi for data theft allegations from NaMo app


Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegations of data theft from his personal NaMo mobile app.

Rahul Gandhi

Reacting to Janta Ka Reporter story, the Congress president also took a potshot at ‘mainstream media’ for not covering what’s been a sensational revelations. He wrote, “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.”

This was after a French vigilante hacker made a stunning revelation accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of having compromised the personal data of millions of Indians, who had downloaded his personal mobile app.

Elliot Alderson had 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 consent.

The French cyber security researcher’s next revelation was even more worrying as he 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 (and money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. This microsoft link explains everything about phishing and what one should do to not fall victim to its fraud.

Reacting to Alderson’s tweets, Congress party’s chief spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala, asked, “IT Minister will not do a press conference on the NaMo App on these allegations of Data Chori! Will the media dare to question Modi ji on the functioning of his App? Will the brain behind this “Data Usurpation” be summoned? What about the 15 Lakh NCC cadets & their privacy?”

The allegations of data theft against NaMo app assumes significance in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The company is facing a massive probe in United Kingdom with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg being forced to break his silence and apologise for the data theft of millions of users from his social media platforms.


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