By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz

HACKED. A screen capture of the hacked Philippine Coast Guard Facebook page as of Tuesday (Feb. 27, 2024). The PCG said coordination with Meta is ongoing to recover their access to the page and is suspecting malware to be the cause of the hacking incident. (Screen capture of PCG Facebook page)

MANILA – The Facebook page of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has been hacked Monday, with the PCG working with Meta, the company behind Facebook, to regain page access.

In a statement Tuesday, PCG spokesperson Rear Admiral Armando Balilo said recovery is ongoing, in consultation with the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group.

“The Coast Guard Public Affairs (CGPAS) considers the possibility of online security breach through malware,” Balilo said.

The CGPAS is also scheduled to meet with the PCG Weapons, Communications, Electronics, and Information System Command to conduct backend operations for page recovery.

Earlier, the PCG said the hacking occurred at 6 p.m. on Monday by an unknown entity and did not leave any digital traces on the official email address and the mobile number used by the CGPAS for two-factor authentication.

“During such time, the CGPAS was conducting a strategic communication plan workshop. Hence, its last access and posting on the page was at around 10 a.m. covering the Atimonan maritime incident of the Coast Guard District Southern Tagalog,” the PCG said.

To date, three videos have been posted by the hackers on the PCG Facebook page, showing clips from movies or television shows. (PNA)