AIADMK IT Wing Ac­cused of Hack­ing Face­book

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

V Prem Shanker & Neha Alawadhi

New Delhi: An in­ter­nal email com­mu­niqué al­legedly from the AIADMK IT Wing pres­i­dent to his team in­form­ing that they have ‘hacked’ Face­book for mak­ing posts about their party ‘ go vi­ral’ has leaked and the mail it­self has gone vi­ral in­stead.

An im­age of the email, which started do­ing the rounds from Sun­day morn­ing, shows the email ad­dresses of the sender and the re­cip­i­ents, the body text of the email and in the end signed off by “Balu R, Pres­i­dent, AIADMK – IT Wing” The text has an ad­vi­sory tone and asks the ‘Team’ to “Please uti­lize FBAc­count switcher tool which was de­vel­oped ex­clu­sively for our team.”

The email goes on to give de­tails about “FB Ac­count switcher tool.” It says the tool is “Used to switch mul­ti­ple Face­book ac­counts to make FB posts, like, share and com­ments. (To make vi­ral)” Elab­o­rat­ing on the ex­clu­siv­ity of the tool, the mail says “No such tool or op­tions are avail­able in the mar­ket. We spe­cially hacked the highly se­cured dy­namic code in­ter­nals of FB and cre­ated for our team to im­prove the op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency in FB.” The com­mu­niqué says the tool is “De­vel­oped spe­cially to make all our Teams FB posts to make it vi­ral.” To make mat­ters worse for the AIADMK, an­other im­age that was do­ing the rounds around the same time was the screen shot of a What­sApp mes­sage al­legedly sent by the AIADMK IT wing Sec­re­tary Ra­machan­dran talk­ing about cre­at­ing “Fake IDs” on Face­book and Twit­ter. While the AIADMK IT wing pres­i­dent could not be reached for a com­ment, the party’s IT wing sec­re­tary G Ra­machan­dran rub­bished the mes­sages. “We have no need to cre­ate fake IDs or hack. It is very easy to pho­to­shop such fake mes­sages and prob­a­bly some­one, may the op­po­si­tion has done this,” he said. About the e-mail which talks about hack­ing Face­book, Ra­machan­dran de­nied hav­ing knowl­edge of the pres­i­dent hav­ing sent any such email. “We do use some tools, but th­ese are com­pletely le­gal and eas­ily avail­able in the mar­ket for any­one to buy,” Ra­machan­dran added. "We work hard to keep con­nec­tions on Face­book authen­tic and pre­vent fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­ity. We have a strong in­cen­tive to ag­gres­sively go af­ter the bad ac­tors, be­cause busi­nesses and peo­ple who use our plat­form want real con­nec­tions and re­sults. Peo­ple are re­quired to con­nect on Face­book us­ing their authen­tic iden­ti­ties, and we have abuse-fight­ing tech­nol­ogy and teams that de­tect fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­ity and shut it down," a Face­book spokesper­son told ET in an emailed re­sponse.

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