Social media suffered its “most serious security breach” September last year when over 50 million Facebook accounts were hacked, even that of creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Celebrities, but of course, are no exception to cyber attacks as their personal information is of great interest to the public.
Glaiza de Castro
In local Tinseltown, among latest victims is Glaiza de Castro. Few days ago, the Kapuso actress issued a statement about it.
On Instagram, she called on her followers not to entertain any messages from her Facebook page.
She also listed the unauthorized contact details supposedly listed on the hacked account.
“I am trying my best to retrieve my account and use it again for real updates from me, and no other people,” she wrote.
“If there is any help that you can extend, or any person who can help me reach Facebook PH to take my page back, it will be very much appreciated,” Glaiza added. “Thank you very much, and let’s all keep safe!”
Rufa Mae Quinto
Last January, Rufa Mae Quinto was forced to make a new temporary Instagram account—going with the username rufamaemagallanes — this, after her original account as well as her e-mail were stolen.
“Na-hack account ko sa Instagram and e-mail account ko. Hindi ako yun, kung sakaling makatanggap kayo (ng) message from my IG account,” she posted on Twitter.
The intruder changed the username of her original account to “girlprobszzs,” as well as replaced her display picture with an animated character.
With this, Rufa Mae warned her followers of a “possible scam,” to which she asked to block and report.
Days after, the comedienne, who has a follower count of over 800,000, announced that she finally retrieved her account.
She shared her realizations on the hacking incident.
“I found a silver lining (yes I am quoting you our Miss Universe @catriona_gray) amid my ordeal. For an artist like me, Instagram is such a big platform to inspire, influence and spread happiness to my fans. Hence, I realized that I should take more measures to protect it and secure it in order to prevent something like this to happen again,” her post read.
That month, Dennis Trillo’s camp issued a clarification over his alleged “odd tweets” about his home network, GMA.
It started when a certain Twitter user commented: “Normally may congratulatory post or ads para sa winners ng Best Actor or Best Actress. No such post yet for @thedennistrillo and Queen Gloria Romero. Anyare @gmanetwork @GMADrama?…”
To which Dennis, through his account, supposedly made this sarcastic reply: “Ganyan kami ka importante sa GMA…”
His manager, Popoy Caritativo, cleared that the actor’s account was hacked. As of this writing, it is still not clear whether Dennis has retrieved the account or not.
Maine Mendoza’s accounts became a target of hacking in 2015, with the hackers introducing themselves as Anonymous Philippines.
“Sorry po if napadaan kami sa account ni yayadub, ibabalik din namin to sa tunay na may-ari… Nagmamahal, Anonymous Philippines,” read a tweet posted by a supposed member of the group on Maine’s account.
More of them
Reina Hispanoamerican 2017 Wyn Marquez revealed that her socials were almost hacked by someone. Luckily, Facebook suggested her to change password immediately.
Back in 2011, the Twitter, Facebook, and email accounts of Vice Ganda were hacked.
In an interview with the now-defunct entertainment program, “Showbiz News Ngayon,” the comedian discovered that someone else was using his Twitter account after some of his friends had told him that he allegedly unfollowed them.
“Sunday ko nalaman na may nagingialam ng Twitter ko kasi inunfollow ang mga friends ko, yung mga fans club ko. So ang ginawa ko nag-sign out ako. Pag-sign in ko, wrong password na. Hindi ko na siya ma-access. Sabi ko ano ito? Na-hack na yata talaga,” he said.
Vice Ganda then tried to log in and check his Facebook account.
“Pag bukas ko ng Facebook ko ang lumabas ‘That was your old password. Your password has been changed yesterday 12:32 p.m.’ My God. Anong ibig sabihin noon hindi naman ako nag-change ng password,” he said.
The hacker also messaged his then manager Ogie Diaz.
“(Sabi nu’ng hacker) ‘Sinadya naming gawin ito sa alaga mo dahil tuturuan lang namin ng leksyon,” he shared.
That year, a distasteful content was posted on Heart Evangelista’s social media accounts. Her fans were quick to clarify that those were hacked.
The accounts of Kim Chiu, Enrique Gil, Angelica Panganiban and Daniel Padilla were also hacked at various times.
In line with this, Bulletin Entertainment scanned the Internet and looked for some tips on how to stay safe on social networks. Here’s what we got:
According to Norton.com, having a unique password for each social networking sites is a pain, but it is absolutely essential that you don’t use the same password for Twitter as you do for, say, Facebook, and Instagram.
Using a single password will makes it easy for hackers, as gaining access to one means gaining access to all.
Watch out for third-party apps
International news agency AFP Relaxnews reported that social media accounts can be vulnerable to hacks via third-party applications.
Social media post scheduler is one example of a third-party application, which requires access to your account.
To avoid being hacked, make sure you are only authorizing legitimate applications to gain access.
AFP Relaxnews stated that users should activate two-step authentication for signing in to online accounts. That means you’ll need to approve any log-in attempt via text message or email, as well as entering your password. Another advantage of two-step authentication is you’ll be notified in the event of an attempted intrusion.
Norton.com mentioned the term “social engineering” where attackers use whatever information they can glean from your public profiles – date of birth, education, interests – to try to get into your accounts on all sorts of services.
Keep as much of your profile private as you can, and think twice before posting absolutely every aspect of your life.
When a spammer follows you and sends you links, don’t just ignore it.
Always report the account as spam for the sake of others who are less well informed than you. According to Norton.com, social networking service will monitor it and, if enough people take the same action, remove the account.