With the claim of hacking into the official Twitter handles of controversial liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Friday, the group or an individual named “Legion” is slowly becoming well-known in the world of hackers. ‘Legion’ also claimed to have hacked Twitter handles of Congress Party and its Vice President Rahul Gandhi earlier this month, bringing the hacking threat close to more Indian leaders and celebrities who are on Twitter. Also Read - RIP Fleets! Twitter officially shuts disappearing tweets featureAlso Read - Twitter Bug Bounty Contest to offer $3500 cash prize for detecting algorithm bias
In a tweet, Legion — whose country of origin is yet to be known — asked people to support them “@sigaint.org”. According to the Sigaint website, it is a “darknet email service that allows you to send and receive email without revealing your location or identity.” Sigaint claims to provide email IDs which are secure on TOR browser. “We provide this service to help journalists and activists combat the dragnet surveillance that exists on the internet today. Even if you aren’t in conflict with the state or anyone in particular, you as a human being deserve privacy,” the website reads. Also Read - COVID-19 third wave: Twitter shuts offices as coronavirus cases rise
The website is hosted on “onion.to” but the service claims it does not host the Sigaint content. “We are simply a conduit connecting internet users to content hosted inside the Tor network. onion.to does not provide any anonymity. You are strongly advised to download the Tor Browser Bundle and access this content over Tor,” it said.
Famous among individuals and businesses who want to remain anonymous online, Tor is a free software and an open network that helps users defend against traffic analysis — “a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.” Sigaint also claims that emails created by the network can only be accessed by downloading TOR browser.
If we look at the name Legion, there was a famous US-based hacker group called Legion of Doom (LOD) founded by Lex Luthor which was active in late 1990s and early 2000. LOD is ranked as one of the most influential hacking groups in the history of technology. We still do not know if Legion is inspired by LOD but it looks well versed with the dark world of web and is using whatever it can to launch cyber attacks anywhere in the world, including in India. ALSO READ: Clicking on WhatsApp links can put users at hacking risk