ABS-CBN shuts 2 store websites temporarily, probes data breach reports


Posted at Sep 19 2018 03:26 PM | Updated as of Sep 19 2018 06:06 PM

MANILA (UPDATED) -- ABS-CBN Corp said Wednesday it temporarily took down the ABS-CBN Store and UAAP Store websites following reports of a data breach.

An investigation is underway, ABS-CBN said in a statement, adding 213 customers "may have been affected." The company said it would work closely with the National Privacy Commission.

"This data breach incident is isolated only to the ABS-CBN Store and the UAAP Store websites and does not affect other ABS-CBN digital properties," the company said.

"We assure our customers that their privacy and the security of their personal data are important to us and we will take measures to prevent this incident from happening again," it said.

ABS-CBN advised the public not to give personal and financial information to anyone claiming to represent the network. Questions and concerns should be raised through email at ABS-CBNStore@abs-cbn.com, it said.

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) said it was informed by ABS-CBN of the data breach at noon Wednesday and that the company was due to submit a full report on the incident within 5 days.

ABS-CBN's data protection officer is expected to "act in accordance with breach management standards" and "fully set in motion its breach response protocols, including the safeguarding of their systems and the prevention of possible harms to affected data subjects," the NPC said.

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