After defacing government websites, a group of hackers have turned to one of the Philippines’ fastest rising celebrities.
The verified Twitter account of Filipino television personality Maine Mendoza, who portrays the now internationally-famous character “Yaya Dub” of the popular AlDub loveteam, showed Tweets from a group who identified itself as Anonymous Philippines shortly after 1AM on Tuesday morning creating a stir on the micro-blogging site.
“Sorry po if napadaan kami sa account ni yayadub, ibabalik din namin to sa tunay na may-ari… (We’re sorry if we’ve dropped by the account of Yaya Dub, we will return this to the rightful owner.) ” read one Tweet from Mendoza’s account.
On its Facebook page, Anonymous Philippines posted this message explaining its “takeover” on Twitter.
“Dear fans of Aldub, we sincerely apologize for the recent intrusion of your beloved Idol’s Twitter account. You can rest assure that we don’t have any malicious intent towards the said individual or any programs pertaining to that person. We just wanted to send a message to the public, and using Maine’s account is one of the easiest way we could find. Rest assured that we are doing our best to contact the respectful owner of the said twitter account with the purpose of giving them back their access.
We already know we will get a lot of negative comments.
But sometimes, you must give a sacrifice for the cause.”
Mendoza’s Twitter account has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing in the world, along with her on-screen love interest Alden Richards. With more than 2.4 million followers – and still counting, analytics firm Social Bakers identified her as among the top rising celebrities with the likes of Hollywood superstars Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, among others.
As of posting time, Twitter has locked down Mendoza’s account and is awaiting reactivation.
Besides Mendoza, other Filipino celebrities whose social media accounts have been compromised include Angelica Panganiban and Toni Gonzaga.