AIADMK IT Wing Accused of Hacking Facebook
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.