JournalismPakistan.com September 03, 2012
ISLAMABAD: A Prime Minister’s Defence Day message circulated using a fake ID Monday caused alarm in his media office prompting an immediate clarification.
The fake email sent out from email@example.com was quickly followed up by an urgent denial by the prime minister’s media team.
Although the Defence Day falls on September 6, the prime minister had recorded a message last week for a special program to be aired by Pakistan Television (PTV) on the big day.
“It has come to our notice that a message of the prime minister on Defence Day has been circulated on a fake ID firstname.lastname@example.org. You are requested to ignore the message as it has not been issued by this office,” read the clarification.
“All mails generated from email@example.com may please be ignored,” said the message.
However, some journalists later questioned the logic behind using Gmail and Hotmail email servers when gov.pk domains are available for use by the media office.
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