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YouTube says restored ABS-CBN channels were hacked

By Brooke Villanueva Published Nov 03, 2020 1:19 am Updated Nov 03, 2020 5:25 am

The ABS-CBN News and ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) YouTube channels have been restored after being rendered inaccessible for a number of hours following a hacking incident.

In a statement a few moments before the channels came back, YouTube said they were working with the network to retrieve the accounts, which were hacked on November 2. Because of the incident, YouTube urged users to enable two-factor authentication, which is a verification procedure, to prevent hacking.

ABS-CBN’s YouTube news accounts were taken down early Tuesday, with the URLs showing this pop-up:

In a statement, ABS-CBN said their news channels were suspended 6:30 am this morning before being restored at 3:58 pm.

“The investigation on the incident continues as we also implement measures to prevent this from happening again,” the network said.

Netizens were quick to question takedown, which happened in the time of a typhoon and pandemic.

During the downtime, ABS-CBN urged viewers to check their TeleRadyo channel for livestreams and news reports. “Thank you for your patience and understanding,” they added.

Last July, ABS-CBN was denied a new franchise by Congress, which prompted them to boost their digital efforts. This is one of the media company's online platforms apart from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Editor’s Note: This is a developing story. PhilSTAR L!FE will update this page as soon as the situation develops.

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