ABS-CBN News Back on YouTube, Google Says It Was Hacked

The Kapamilya Network's news arm is back on Youtube.
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

(UPDATE) ABS-CBN News' YouTube Channel was back online late Tuesday. It was inaccessible earlier after it was hacked, the Kapamilya network said.

ABS-CBN said its two channels--ABS-CBN News and ANC 24/7--were suspended at 6:30 a.m.Tuesday after a hacking incident. The channels were restored at 3:58 p.m. on the same day.

"The two news channels were temporarily suspended beginning 6:30 a.m. this morning after a hacking incident," the Lopez-led network said in a statement.

"The investigation on the incident continues as we also implement measures to prevent this from happening again," it added.

YouTube, owned by Google, did not elaborate on the hack except that it happened on Tuesday.

"We quickly worked with their team to resolve the issue and the two channels have been fully retrieved," YouTube said in an e-mail statement.

"We take account security very seriously and notify account owners when we detect suspicious activity. If an owner has reason to believe their account was compromised, they can notify our team to secure the account and regain control," it said.

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YouTube is a key platform for ABS-CBN's digital pivot after it went off air in May due to an expired franchise. Congress denied its application for renewal last July. 

ABS-CBN has 10.6 million subscribers on the YouTube channel of its news arm alone. The Lopez-led network keeps separate channels for news and entertainment on YouTube and Facebook. They are also available on the company's own streaming platform, iWant.

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