The Philippines’ internet and television sensation Maine Mendoza, more popularly known as “Yaya Dub” of the longest-running noontime variety show Eat Bulaga, has regained control and full access of her Twitter account.
It can be recalled that in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, loose hacking group Anonymous Philippines hijacked Mendoza’s verified Twitter page.
In a post on their Facebook page, the hacktivists apologized for the hacking incident it claimed responsibility for, saying they were only trying to get a message regarding their cause across. It, however, denied any connection to the subsequent hacking of Mendoza’s Instagram and Facebook accounts as well as her personal email.
“Di namin hawak yang instagram at facebook ni maine… Kaya kahit anong pm nyo sa page walang mangyayari…Twitter lang ni Ms. Maine ang kini-claim ng official page na to. Walang iba. Walang page ng aldub fans. Labas po kami dun, (We don’t have control of the Instagram and Facebook of Maine. No matter how much you pm (private message) the page, nothing will happen. Only the Twitter of Ms. Maine will be claimed by this page. No page of AlDub fans. We’re not part of it.), ” goes the latest Facebook post on the Anonymous Philippines page.
The group also denied being paid by a rival network to hijack Mendoza’s social media accounts and stressed that those saying they are members of Anonymous Philippines are just posers.
It was also reported that Twitter has put extra security measures in place to ensure the future protection of Mendoza’s account. The micro-blogging site has allegedly implemented a stronger and unique security steps to prevent her account from being hacked again.
It is said that only two people in the world was given this kind of treatment by Twitter – Justin Bieber and Mendoza, the other half of the now internationally popular AlDub tandem (with actor-host Alden Richards).
As of posting time, Mendoza and her management team are working with several groups to for her to take back access and control of her other social media accounts.
Mendoza, late Tuesday night, expressed her gratitude to all those helping her out.
AlDub Nation, thank you all for the help and solicitude! We're already working on the retrieval of my accounts. Will keep you updated.
— Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) November 3, 2015