Former NDTV journalist Nidhi Razdan today tweeted that she had been a victim of a “sophisticated and coordinated phishing attack” that lead her to believe she was offered a teaching position at Harvard University. The prestigious university never made the offer, she said. She has discovered it was a phishing attack.
In June 2020, Razdan left NDTV, making a lot of noise, with what appeared a never-ending celebration of the job change. For days, she tweeted only about moving to a new vocation. She was under the impression that the Ivy League university had offered her the post of associate professor of journalism.
Nidhi Razdan, who worked as a television journalist for over two decades, tweeted on 15 January that she had noticed “a number of administrative anomalies” after her posting was delayed from September 2020 to January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“At first, I had dismissed these anomalies as being reflective of the new normal being dictated by the pandemic, but recently the representations being made to me were of an even more disquieting nature.
“As a result, I reached out to senior authorities at Harvard University for clarity. Upon their request, I shared some of the correspondence that I had believed I had received from the university,” she said in the statement.
Nidhi Razdan said, “The perpetrators of this attack used clever forgeries and misrepresentations to obtain access to my personal data and communications and may have also gained access to my devices and my email/social media accounts.”
The beleaguered journalist said that she has filed a police complaint and provided the documentary evidence. “I have requested them to take immediate steps to identify, apprehend, and prosecute the perpetrators of this abominable attack.”
Razdan said that she has also written to the Harvard University about the matter and “urged them to take it seriously”.
Several Indian journalists and authors like Saba Naqvi and Aparna Jain extended support to Razdan and tweeted that the culprits should be caught as soon as possible.
Nidhi Razdan is a Kashmiri Pandit and daughter of Maharaj Krishan Razdan, the former editor-in-chief of news agency Press Trust of India.
Razdan married journalist and writer Neelesh Misra in 2005. The couple divorced two years later in 2007. The right wing alleges without supporting evidence that she has had a relationship with former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and was even married to him!