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DSWD NCR official Facebook page hacked

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(UPDATE) THE official Facebook page of the National Capital Region office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD NCR) has been hacked.

After a post on Friday that gives infographics on the Sustainable Livelihood Program, the Facebook page later showed random videos.

It is not yet clear who took over the page overnight since three videos had shown up on the Facebook page of the office.

“Please be informed that our account has been compromised. Rest assured that the management is doing its best to resolve this issue. Thank you for your understanding and continued support,” wrote DSWD employee Grace Mahusay, in one of the comments.

As of this writing, after an official statement was issued by the DSWD that the hack started at 6 p.m. on Friday, the NCR office’s page continues to show videos.

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These videos are unrelated to the department, such as the snow fishing method and tiger feeding.

“We are currently investigating and attempting to recover our FO-NCR’s Facebook page. We are also working with other government agencies to conduct an investigation,” the DSWD said.

DSWD Officer in Charge Eduardo Punay said the hacking occurred after fake news of a DSWD financial assistance drove hundreds to the DSWD-NCR on Friday, January 13.

“What happened there — based on our initial investigation — was that text messages circulated that in Quezon City, there was a payout in our NCR office. There were also fake Facebook accounts claiming that there was a payout. That is why people went to our NCR office, just like what happened last year,” Punay said.

However, the DSWD said that the incident will not have repercussions on the FO-NCR’s services to people in Metro Manila who need assistance.


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