Indian Politicians’ Tweets Can Be Easily Doctored; Here’s How


Cybersecurity is one aspect of the tech world on which a lot of emphasis has been laid on. A new incident in India throws light on yet another security breach issue, putting a question on the security measures taken in social media.

It is suggested that Pratik Sinha, co-founder of AltNews, had easily accessed the to-be-posted tweets by Pon Radhakrishnan, India’s minister of state for finance and shipping, present in the unprotected Google Docs.

Following this, Sinha manipulated the tweets and posted the opposite of the actual ones, presenting a negative picture. One of the tweets suggested that the Narendra Modi-led Indian government has failed to do anything for the middle-class and hasn’t done anything to enhance the wellbeing of society.

The motive behind altering the tweets and posting them publically was to highlight the lack of security involving essential government documents and establishing its importance.

Pratik Sinha, in a phone call with TechCrunch, said, “I had fun, but it could have disastrous consequences,” he told TechCrunch in a phone interview. This is a massive security issue from the point of view of a democracy.”

Additionally, the report suggests that Sinha was able to access the documents through a WhatsApp group of party members, on which further details were not revealed.

It is worth noting that Pon Radhakrishnan didn’t know about the access to the documents until the doctored tweets were published, following which they were deleted.

The incident is an example of a security breach that needs some attention, and we hope such documents remain secure.

Also Read: Google Accused Of Abusing Android To Block Its Rivals In India
Vanshika Malhotra

Vanshika Malhotra

Started off as an acquaintance, she is now a friend of tech trying to become a tech pundit soon. An extrovert in nature, she likes everything doggos and puppers.
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