FSMI’s Twitter blocked after it seeks probe on Big Basket’s data leak

The account was blocked for violating rules and 'posting private information'.

New Delhi: Nearly four months after it asked the central government to probe a data leak pertaining to online grocery company Big Basket in a tweet, Twitter on Wednesday blocked Free Software Movement of India (FSMI)’s account for ‘posting private information’.

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FSMI is a national coalition of various regional and sectoral free software movements operating in India.

On December 12, 2020, FSMI tagged CERT—the nodal agency for cyber security threats—asking why the government has not yet acknowledged a complaint filed against Big Basket that was sent in November.

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It also linked a letter sent to CERT on the matter.

Now, the social media platform blocked FSMI’s account and asked the organization to delete the four-month-old tweet saying that it is a violation for posting private information.

Twitter ‘violation of rules’ remark on FSMI’s tweet on Big Basket.

“There is no private information in this tweet and we oppose your action of locking our account and suppressing the tweet without informing us of what private information has exactly been shared. We henceforth want our account to be unlocked immediately and the tweet be made public,” Kiran Chandra, FSMI’s general secretary told The Wire.

A cyber security firm called Cyble in November claimed that personal information of as many as 20 million users on the e-commerce site such as full names, email IDs, password hashes (potentially hashed OTPs), pin, contact numbers (mobile and phone), full addresses, date of birth, location, and IP addresses of where users have logged in from have been put up for sale on the dark web for $40,000.

Responding to the claim, Big Basket said that it was checking the authenticity and extent of security breach and ways to contain it.

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Sruthi Vibhavari is a budding journalist from Hyderabad. A graduate in Economics and Political Science, she is a keen follower of contemporary socio-political and economic developments in the country and also the world. While she occasionally writes poems in English, she is also an Urdu literature enthusiast – right from Mirza Ghalib to Gulzar.
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