After the hacking of Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account, followed by a breach of the Congress’s account, its website and server, the party deactivated the accounts of 200 leaders because of “suspicious activity” on Thursday evening.
Sources say Congress leaders have been asked to change their passwords and “a full review” is being carried out after the hacking.
This evening, sources say, leaders on the Congress server were asked to close their accounts or not use them until there is a detailed security assessment over the next few days.
The government has started an investigation and asked for details of users who have logged on to the accounts in the past week.
The Congress has alleged that the attack was by “licensed trolls” and reflected “disturbing insecurities of prevalent fascist culture”. The party, however, was asked not to “make a big issue” of the hacking in parliament by Mr Gandhi.