WHAT WENT BEFORE: BU USC ‘staged hacking’ incident

Last September 12, 2015. Bicol University netizens were abuzz of the apparent hacking of the Facebook page of the school’s University Student Council which turned out to be staged to promote the upcoming ‘Search for Mr. and Ms. Bicol University 2015’ pageant. As of this post, the incident has been swept clean by the council but luckily most of the posts were documented for the benefit of those who missed it.

It all began when their Facebook page changed its profile picture and the “hacker” declared the page’s takeover in the comments.

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Then hours later, the “hacker” posted that he/she/it will reveal something soon.

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Then the revelation happen to be a “scandal” in which the uploading was already in progress.

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Then the “scandal” was finally uploaded. (and this was later taken down as well.)

We later know that the video was taken down at the request of the Bicol University administration.

Then came the backlash from the “hacking”

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The council posted the following apology and explaination the next day:




Despite the hacking incident, it appears this year’s pageant had a large turnout as reported by the university’s student publication last September 25, 2015.

Despite the “staged hacking” incident of the University Student Council (USC) Facebook page last September 12 for the promotion of Mr. and Ms.Bicol University (MMBU) 2015, more than 3,000 people filled the Albay Astrodome to watch the pageant yesterday.

The USC chairperson, Irene Kayle Santillan, said that they didn’t expect that it’ll be the result of their online scheme.

“Well, the event speaks for itself,” she affirmed.

Some students said that they are aware about the teaser, but they are not against it. For them, the USC proved that the issue cannot stop the pageant.

“With the teaser, or not, we will be here,” a student who refused to disclose her name claimed.

On the other hand, most of the audiences said that they watched the pageant to support the candidates of their respective colleges but did not care about the staged hacking of USC. Some of them also said that they are in the event area so as to see the panel of judges.

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