One of the official Twitter accounts of telecommunications company PLDT has been taken over by hacker group Anonymous Philippines, today, May 28.
Through a tweet with a timestamp of 12:34 pm, the group called out PLDT to “do [your] job.
“As the pandemic arises, Filipinos need fast internet to communicate with their loved ones. Do your job. The corrupt fear us, the honest support us, the heroic join us. We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us,” the post reads.
Another tweet sent by the hackers, which has now been deleted, warned Globe, the country’s other major telco player, and PLDT’s rival company, saying that they’re the next to be hacked.
PLDT’s Twitter name has also been modified to “PLDT Doesn’t Care” from the original “PLDT Cares.” But as of writing, it has been changed back to its initial name.
Amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the demand for internet connection skyrocketed following the increase in the number of people working from home due to quarantine restrictions.
PLDT and Globe have both been subject to complaints from their respective subscribers over social media due to alleged poor customer service and slow internet speeds.
PLDT is yet to release an official statement about the hacking incident.
Anonymous Philippines is a group of hackers who have also defaced government websites.
On its Facebook page, the group’s description reads To fight for Freedom, Truth and Justice. We are Anonymous, We are legion, We do not forgive, We do not forget, United as one, Divided by none. Expect us.”
As of 3:45 of May 28, PLDT announced that it has recovered its Twitter account.
“And we’re back! Hacking can happen to anyone. That’s why we should change our passwords regularly to prevent unauthorized access to your accounts. We’re ready to serve you again,” the company said in a tweet.