In yet another blow to the party’s IT operations, AIADMK mouthpiece Dr. Namadhu MGR claims that their website was hacked on Tuesday, after an online poll on the homepage of the website showed that the DMK alliance was set to win 2016 elections over an AIADMK alliance. Following this a statement was released by the party newspaper cautioning readers from believing the poll, stating that it was a hack by political opponents and that the website conducted no polls.
Earlier on Tuesday, the website's homepage had a poll, which you can see at the bottom, which showed DMK in the lead.
As of Wednesday morning, the website looked like this.
According to a statement issued later by the newspaper, which is being circulated on social media, the website was hacked and the home page was linked to a survey conducted by a popular Tamil magazine which showed that the DMK would get more votes than the AIADMK in the upcoming 2016 elections. It is claimed that the hackers were behind the poll and it was not genuine.
The mouthpiece has thus cautioned its readers from believing the survey, hinting at the involvement of the DMK in the hack. The mouthpiece said that these are attempts by the political opposition to create a false impression about the AIADMK, and that the real elections in 2016 will decide who will win.
The mouthpiece also said that it does not hold opinion polls or surveys.
If at all this was a hack, it would not the first time that AIADMK websites have been targeted.
In 2008, party’s website aiadmk.org was hacked to make it look like a smut website, following which the party went for an overhaul of its digital operations.