Monday, 6 October 2014

Digvijaya-Amrita pictures leaked from Manila?

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police may soon make a breakthrough in the case of mysterious leaks of intimate photos of journalist Amrita Rai with senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh which were released after her email was hacked by unidentified miscreants in June this year.

Sources says that the department has received the internet protocol details, also called IP logs, from the email service provider (Gmail) which hosted Rai's account and are in the process of verifying each IP address which have accessed Rai's account in the last few months.

Delhi Police had asked Google for the details of all the IP addresses which accessed Rai's account in the months of February, March, April and May. There are around 1030 IP logs in total and most of them are based in Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai which Rai has allegedly visited, the source said.

However, there are unusual IP logs from Netherlands (Amsterdam) and Philippines (Manila), cops said, and the log-in pattern has arisen suspicion of the account having been hacked there. The cops have contacted Rai to ascertain if she had visited these two places during the period which the logs show the account was accessed. "Even if she visited these places, the log-in suggests that the network could have been hacked-in. We are contacting cyber-forensic officials to give us a clear picture about it," an officer said.

Police have, in sync with forensic experts, will also analyse Rai's laptop and iPad to ascertain if the photos were leaked from the devices itself. When contacted, senior police officers refused to share details and said that the investigations were under way and that it was too early to comment.

In June this year, TV journalist Amrita Rai had given a complaint to the police alleging that her email was hacked into and her pictures with Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had been leaked. Singh, 67, had acknowledged that he was in a relationship with the 43-year-old Rai soon after the pictures and videos went viral on the internet.

In her complaint, Rai had also alleged that her emails had been downloaded and the content was uploaded on social networking sites causing her immense embarrassment. The news anchor also alleged that hackers had created a fake Twitter handle in her name and were harassing her through abusive tweets. She had also given police a list of Twitter handles from where she was receiving abusive content.

The Delhi Police had immediately registered a case under sections 66A of the IT Act and 509 (outraging a woman's modesty) of IPC based on Rai's complaint and began investigations. The cops first wrote to Google requesting details of the IP addresses and to Twitter, YouTube and Facebook asking them to block any content related to Rai and Singh.

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