Hackers allegedly from the international group Anonymous took over telecom giant PLDT’s Twitter account today to demand something we all need during quarantine: faster internet.
The hackers posted a Guy Fawkes mask a few hours ago and tweeted this message, “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.”
Aside from posting that, the group changed the name of the account from “PLDTCares” to “PLDT Doesn’t Care.” Oof.
Founded in the early 2000s, Anonymous has hacked the accounts and webpages of various governments, corporations, and organizations all over the world. It’s known for using the Guy Fawkes mask, a globally recognized protest symbol.
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. 👍
— PLDT Cares (@PLDT_Cares) May 28, 2020
Shortly after the hacking happened, PLDT retained control of the account and wrote, “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 hackers’ tweets were deleted and the account was reverted to its original name.
The hashtag #PLDTHacked is currently trending online, with some Filipinos rejoicing what occurred, such as @xakuyuuki, who wrote, “Appreciation for the absolute mad lads that is Anonymous PH.”
— maria. #blacklivesmatter (@xakuyuuki) May 28, 2020
Her mirth is understandable given that the Philippines has one of the slowest internet speeds in the entire world. In 2019, a study found that the country ranked 11th slowest in upload speed and 16th slowest in download speed among 87 nations.
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