Published: Wednesday 21 March, 2018

Makati Billboard that Aired Porn Video Shut Down After Being ‘Hacked’

A hacker was apparently responsible for the porn video that was shown on a Makati billboard Tuesday afternoon. Operators of the billboard said their system was hacked remotely and programmed to show the pornographic clip that was witnessed by motorists and passers by.

Makati billboard

The billboard that showed the porn video in Makati. (Facebook photo/My Makati)

Makati city mayor Abigail Binay said initial investigation showed external tampering was the source of the porn video. The operator of the billboard, Globaltronics Inc. said someone accessed their system remotely. Further investigation is needed in order to determine how it happened and who are responsible. Binay said the City of Makati has tapped the help of the National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) to dig deeper into the incident.

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“Lumalabas sa initial investigation ng Globaltronics na-hack ‘yung system. If you do research, this is not peculiar to the Philippines. Lumalabas na ‘yun kahit sa Russia, may ganu’n na incident. Kahit sa America merong incident na hina-hack ‘yung billboard,” Binay told DZBB in an interview Wednesday morning.

“Ang pagkakaintindi ko diyan, usually pre-programmed ‘yan. Kasi ‘di ba magfa-flash ng ilang segundo tapos magpapalit. I actually don’t know why or how it was remotely accessed,” she added.

For its part, Globaltronics Inc. said it will ask the Philippine National Police’s Anti-Cybercrime Group to help in its probe into the incident. Meanwhile, the billboard in question has been shut down until the investigation is concluded. Binay has also ordered Globaltronics Inc. to cease operations of other billboards in the city to prevent a similar incident.

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On Tuesday afternoon, a netizen’s Facebook video showing the billboard with the pornographic clip went viral. It was immediately taken down by Facebook after being flagged.

Makati billboard

A portion of the video that was shown on the Makati billboard. (Facebook screen grab/Mulong Sermonia)

The netizen, Mulong Sermonia, captured the incident while inside a vehicle with friends.

Immediately the news reached her office, Abby Binay ordered the billboard shut down.