DSWD Facebook page apparently hacked

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development said Saturday it was investigating an apparent breach on its official Facebook page.

“We apologize for the apparent breach on the DSWD FB page,” the agency said in a reply to a tweet of a media outfit that reported about the incident.

“While we are investigating how our page has been compromised, we assure the public that initial actions have already been undertaken to avert similar instances from happening," the DSWD added, but it did not elaborate on what measures were taken.

In a subsequent tweet, the DSWD also thanked the public who called their attention to the apparent breach, adding they “appreciate the public's understanding as we resolve this issue.”

One of the recent posts from the DSWD’s Facebook page read: “Why are you doing business together, you idiot?” The post has now been deleted.

In 2012, the DSWD announced that “hacktivist” group Anonymous Philippines hacked the agency's official Twitter account @dswdserve. Hacktivists are those who gain unauthorized access to computer files or networks for political reasons.