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Priyanka Gandhi’s children’s Instagram handles were not hacked: Confirmed.

Written by Shivangi Chawla

On Tuesday, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had alleged that the government has hacked the Instagram accounts of her children – Miraya Vadra and Raihan Vadra. She has not filed a formal complaint. But the sources have said the government took note of the matter and decided to conduct an investigation on its own.  

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was seen giving her response to a question on Central agencies’ raids on political opponents and allegations of illegal phone surveillance. She said, “They are even hacking my children’s Instagram accounts…Do they not have any other work?”

As per the documents, it is confirmed that the Instagram accounts of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s children have not been hacked. Sources revealed, The initial investigation by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team CERT-In found that the accounts were not hacked.

Moreover, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had handed the matter to the CERT-In, which runs an advanced lab that can trace hackers and prevent cyberattacks.

Allegations of illegal phone surveillance have spiked since the Pegasus spyware issue became public. Ms. Gandhi Vadra and other opposition leaders have since been demanding a thorough investigation into the matter.  

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s brother and senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi have been revealed to be on the alleged list of potential targets on a leaked database of Pegasus, the spyware from Israeli company NSO.

Not only Priyanka Gandhi, but Several other opposition leaders, two union ministers, businessman Anil Ambani, a former CBI chief, a virologist, and 40 journalists were also said to be on the alleged list. It is not established, however, that all the phones were hacked.

Rahul Gandhi came in support of her sister. He told the reporters, that “I am not a ‘potential target’. My phone is tapped, it is clearly tapped. Not only this phone but all my phones are also tapped,”.

Also a few days back, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav alleged that his phones were being tapped and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath listens to the recordings every evening.

All our telephonic conversations have been heard. This ‘anupyogi’ chief minister himself listens to the recordings of some people every evening,” Mr. Yadav alleged. He also asked reporters to “remain alert, if you are speaking to me.”

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has made a similar claim.

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