Mallya cries foul over Twit­ter hack

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


Fugi­tive In­dian busi­ness­man Vi­jay Mallya said yes­ter­day that his Twit­ter ac­count had been pen­e­trated by a hack­ing group called Le­gion, which posted links to what it al­leged were de­tails of Mallya’s bank ac­counts, off­shore in­vest­ments and lux­ury cars.

Mallya, a flam­boy­ant for­mer bil­lion­aire who made his fortune from a liquor and beer empire, moved to Bri­tain in March af­ter be­ing pur­sued in courts by banks that his now de­funct King­fisher air­line owed around $1.4 bil­lion. “Le­gion will find you, hack you, ex­pose you,” read one of sev­eral post­ings tweeted by the hack­ers on Mallya’s of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count be­fore they were erased at around 1215 IST (0645 GMT).

Mallya, who de­nies be­ing an ab­scon­der, was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for a com­ment, and a spokesman for his UB Group also de­clined im­me­di­ate com­ment on the hack. But a re­sponse was tweeted on his ver­i­fied Twit­ter ac­count. “Out­fit called Le­gion has hacked my e-mail ac­counts and are black­mail­ing me !! What a joke.” Le­gion came to pub­lic at­ten­tion ear­lier last month when it claimed to have hacked the Twit­ter ac­counts of In­dia’s Congress party, and its vice chair Rahul Gandhi.

Mallya is wanted by law en­force­ment agen­cies and is sub­ject to a non-bail­able war­rant from a court. The gov­ern­ment has also re­voked Mallya’s diplo­matic pass­port which he had re­ceived as a mem­ber of the up­per house of par­lia­ment. And the In­dian au­thor­i­ties have sought ways to have Mallya de­ported by Bri­tain.

The En­force­ment Direc­torate, a gov­ern­ment agency set up to fight fi­nan­cial crime, has ac­cused Mallya’s UB Group of us­ing some of the funds lent to King­fisher Air­lines to buy prop­erty over­seas.

Mallya has de­nied wrong­do­ing, call­ing the charges against him “pre­pos­ter­ous”. He had also of­fered a set­tle­ment to cred­i­tors, which they re­fused to con­sider. — Reuters

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