Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
Former journalist Nidhi Razdan who had quit NDTV after a 21-year stint to take up a new role of a teaching job at the prestigious Harvard University last year has revealed that she has been the victim of a sophisticated phishing attack and her job offer was fake.
According to the journalist, known for anchoring one of the channel’s flagship shows Left, Right, and Centre she was offered the position of an associate professor of journalism in June last year and was supposed to join the Harvard University institution in the semester beginning September. She was later given the impression that this was delayed and that classes would begin in January 2021.
Nidhi said that she had also begun her preparation to join but soon started to notice some ‘administrative anomalies ‘ within the process. Initially, she dismissed them but as they got more ‘disquieting in nature’ she decided to take it up with the higher authorities at the University.
After hearing from the university that they have not offered her job she learned that she had been the victim of the sophisticated and coordinated phishing attack. Nidhi said that the perpetrators of this attack used clever forgeries and misrepresentations to obtain access to her personal data and communication.
As of now Nidhi said that she has filed a complaint with Jammu and Kashmir cyber cell.
“I hope that the police are able to get to the bottom of the attack on me at the earliest,” Razdan said, adding in another post that she was “overwhelmed” by the support she had received on social media.
Meanwhile, Netizens set the social media abuzz after getting to know that journalist has been the victim of the sophisticated phishing attack.
Joshua Benton a former journalist who founded the University news website Nieman Lab said that there is no journalism department or journalism professors at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.