ABS-CBN Store website back online

Jessica Fenol and Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 26 2018 11:12 AM | Updated as of Nov 26 2018 11:48 AM

National Privacy Commission head of complaints and investigation Francis Acero (L) and ABS-CBN data protection officer Jay Gomez speak to reporters. Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- ABS-CBN has relaunched its online store, which is now "safer" after it responded promptly to a data breach 2 months ago, the government's cybersecurity arm said Monday.

"As far as ABS-CBN is concerned the matter is closed and there's ownership on the part of the controller, which is ABS CBN, to make sure that it's a safer computing environment," said National Privacy Commission head of complaints and investigation Francis Acero.

"Once the attention was called, immediate action was taken. Because immediate action was taken, you've got minimal damage and because you've minimized that damage, we consider the matter closed," Acero said.

The country's largest media and entertainment network said in September that 213 customers "may have been affected" by the breach, of which the NPC was immediately informed.

Asked if the ABS-CBN Store website is safe, Acero said "the answer is yes."

The website was brought back on Nov. 16, said Jay Gomez, ABS-CBN data protection officer. Acero described the speed of the restoration as "impressive."

ABS-CBN and NPC also encouraged consumers to practice safe online shopping by using two-factor authentication for credit card payments and to check the security certificates of the websites they are transacting with.

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