Maine Mendoza’s Twitter account hacked

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Maine Mendoza’s Twitter account hacked
The Twitter account of actress Maine Mendoza, who plays the famous character Yaya Dub of the popular AlDub tandem, shows messages from a group claiming to be from Anonymous Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – (4th UPDATE) The Twitter account of actress Maine Mendoza, who plays the popular Yaya Dub character in a popular segment on TV show Eat Bulaga, was hacked early Tuesday morning, November 3. 

Sorry po if napadaan kami sa account ni yayadub, ibabalik din namin to sa tunay na may-ari…” read a tweet on Maine’s account from hackers claiming to be from Anonymous Philippines.

(We’re sorry if we’ve dropped by the account of Yaya Dub, we will return this to the rightful owner.) 

To the dismay of Maine’s fans, in the early evening of Tuesday, November 3, a post surfaced on her Instagram profile that did not appear to be from the Yaya Dub actress. 

Hello IG world…wala kong koneksyon sa mga hackers kaninang umaga,” read the caption, from someone who identified himself as “Vice.” (Hello, Instagram world. I’m not connected to the hackers this morning.) 

Screengrab from Instagram/mainedcm

A second post after the one above, showing a photo of Maine, said simply, “Hello I’m back.” It’s unclear who wrote that post. 

Screengrab from Instagram

Earlier in the afternoon, Maine had tweeted that her Instagram was fine. 

At night on November 3, Maine tweeted this:


Anonymous Philippines 

Earlier in the first hacking, which occured early morning November 3, a series of 4 tweets from Anonymous Philippines posted through Maine’s account could be seen on her Twitter. The tweets promote an anti-corruption protest dubbed the Million Mask March. 

Anonymous Philippines, a loose hacking group, has been perpetrating cyber attacks in the country, pushing for freedom of expression and other Internet issues.

In 2012, Anonymous Philippines hacked the websites of various government agencies to protest the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

It recently defaced the website of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in support of Internet users who deal with the unreliable service and alleged deceptive practices of Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

Screengrab from Twitter/Maine Mendoza

On Facebook, Anonymous Philippines apologized for hacking Maine’s Twitter account.

Press Release regarding the hacking of Yayadub's Twitter AccountDear fans of Aldub, we sincerely apologize for the…

Posted by Anonymous Philippines on Monday, November 2, 2015

 

to all #AlDub fans,paumanhin po sa pag gamit namin sa account ni YAYA DUB. wala po kaming masamang intensyon.we use…

Posted by Anonymous Philippines on Monday, November 2, 2015

 

Maine, Maine’s sister Niki, Tweet 

Maine’s sister Niki Mendoza-Catalan was not pleased and asked the hackers not to involve AlDub in their issue.


 


 

She later thanked her sister’s fans for their support.


 


 

Maine was later able to get her account back and tweeted the following:


 


 


 


 

As half of the AlDub tandem, Maine is currently enjoying a surge in popularity as the kalyeserye of Eat Bulaga, which highlights the unfolding of AlDub’s love story, has taken social media by storm. Maine, an industry newcomer, already has 2.4 million followers on Twitter as of posting time.

The AlDub episodes trend daily, and just last October, 55,000 fans gathered at the Philippine Arena to watch the characters admit their feelings for each other, free of obstacles – particularly from Yaya Dub’s watchful guardian, the formidable yet lovable Lola Nidora. That episode generated 41 million tweets, according to Twitter. – Rappler.com

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