Opinion

Analysis: Are Claims Of Hacking By Opposition Provisional Candidates Real?

As the heat is turned up, with the nation heading into elections, at least two provisional candidates from two Opposition parties have claimed that their Facebook accounts have been hacked.
15 Jun 2018 10:54
Analysis: Are Claims Of Hacking By Opposition Provisional Candidates Real?

As the heat is turned up, with the nation heading into elections, at least two provisional candidates from two Opposition parties have claimed that their Facebook accounts have been hacked.

Is it really the case? Their claims of hacking were made only after media organisations reached out to them to clarify their comments and not before.

So how easy is it to hack Facebook accounts? Not very.

First step if an account was hacked:

A text message and Email notification should come up if the account is set up for security measures.

So if the account is logged in from a new browser or a computer then details will be sent immediately.

This is Facebook after all and they take their security seriously, especially after the data breach which was revealed.

(See figure 1)

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Also on the Facebook setting and then the security and login option the person can see the device and time when the account was logged into.

Also from this option we can get the IP address of the device and from there we can do a reverse IP check to see which service provider it is from.

Then using that information the network provider can be contacted and using the timestamp on the account and IP the network provider, nails it down to which user the IP was assigned to and the culprit can be caught that way.

Also, if the location history option in Facebook is enabled, we can get almost an approximate location of the places the account was logged into on a real time map.

(See figure 2)

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There is a level of scepticism on whether the accounts of political party candidates have indeed been hacked.

Or is it a way of saving face after being caught out for their uncouth and derogatory comments.

Neither of the two provisional candidates have lodged any Police complaint. Neither have pursued any attempts to find the alleged hackers.

Which begs the question. What did happen?

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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