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UST Museum website defaced

THE UST Museum’s official website was hacked on Monday by alleged Chinese hackers who criticized the Philippines and Vietnam’s seemingly joint actions against China in relation to the South China Sea territorial dispute.

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UPDATED 12:39 p.m. — THE UST Museum’s official website was hacked on Monday by alleged Chinese hackers who criticized the Philippines and Vietnam’s seemingly joint actions against China in relation to the South China Sea territorial dispute.

The hackers, who identified themselves as China 1937CN tEam, replaced the home page of the UST Museum with a digital “warning” poster containing defamatory words against the Philippines and Vietnam which read, “F**k Vietnam Philippines joint action.”

China 1937CN tEam also asserted that “South China Sea is China’s inherent territory.”

The Philippines and Vietnam have agreed to conduct joint naval drills and scientific research in the disputed region back in April, a report from The Philippine Star says.

The hackers also criticized #OpChina, a massive hacking movement launched by hacktivist group Anonymous last May 29 in response to China’s increasing aggressiveness in the South China Sea.

China’s alleged claim on maritime territories and oppresive poaching can no longer be tolerated. STAND AGAINST OPPRESION! I’TS (sic) TIME TO FIGHT BACK! SAY NO TO CHINA’S BULLYING!” they said in the operation’s Facebook event page.

In an official statement, Office of Public Affairs Director Assoc. Prof. Giovanna Fontanilla confirmed the attack, but said that “the damage is limited to the said website.”

“We are currently addressing this unfortunate incident. Online access to this site is temporarily unavailable,” Fontanilla said in the statement released through the official UST Museum Facebook page.

The UST High School website was hacked on May by Indonesian hackers.This has not been the first time a UST-affiliate website has been defaced. The official website of the UST High School was hacked by alleged Indonesian hackers back in May, in an apparent response to the Philippines’ clamor over Mary Jane Veloso’s execution.

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UST CSC Twitter account hacked

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UPDATED Nov. 2, 12:23 a.m. — An unidentified attacker hacked Friday, Oct. 28, the official Twitter account of the UST Central Student Council (CSC) which caused them to lose over 588,000 followers and over 6,000 tweets.
The CSC’s official Twitter account is now down to around 4,600 followers.
“As much as we wanted to manage it, it was out of our control. It was professionally hacked,” said CSC Public Relations officer Jherome Ramos in a phone interview with TomasinoWeb.
“Data showed that it was hacked from Manhattan, New York at 7:19 P.M. on Friday, it is really out of our hands,” Ramos said.
According to screenshots posted by the CSC on their Facebook page, the hacker changed the Twitter handle from @UST_CSC to @Rereklamlar. The recovery email address was also changed to rereklamlar@mail.com.
The hacker then tweeted, “I just registered to fav.Cleaner.com to delete my favorites instantly!”.
As of Monday, Nov. 1, the account’s Twitter handle has been changed to @Woseeno and has been defaced with tweets in Turkish.
“We are aware of the existence of @Woseeno. It seems he or she has tweeted something yesterday and is still retaining a huge number of our followers,” said Ramos.
The CSC initially said in a statement released Sunday that they have regained access to the account, but CSC Public Relations Officer Jherome Ramos told TomasinoWeb on Monday, Nov. 1, that they have not regained access.
Ramos also denied creating a new Twitter account for the CSC, however their account states that it has only been created in October this year.
Two factor authentication
James Gordo, a software engineer at Bridge Technology Partners said that using a two factor authentication can improve the security of social media accounts.
“The Two Factor Authentication would require a separate piece of information apart from the username and password that only the individual, or the group who owns the account would know. That makes it much harder for potential intruders to gain access to the account,” explained Gordo.
Twitter and Facebook offer its users two-step verification as a security feature, where a code will be sent to users through text if the system detects a suspicious log-in. Users will then enter the code as a second step to log on to their account.
Ramos assured that his team had already sought help from Twitter administrators, IT experts and the UST Social Media Bureau in order to regain the account’s lost data and to improve the account’s security.

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Thomasian tops September 2016 librarian boards

A Thomasian led the new batch of librarians in the September 2016 librarian licensure examinations, according to results from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

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A Thomasian led the new batch of librarians in the September 2016 librarian licensure examinations, according to results from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Karl Emmanuel Ruiz topped the board examination with a score of 89.90 percent. He is the lone Thomasian in the roster of highest scorers.

UST was hailed as the second top performing school with a 94.44 percent passing rate wherein 51 out of 54 examinees passed the examination. This is an increase from last year’s 87.88 percent.

Meanwhile, the University of the Philippines-Diliman was hailed as the top performing school for the second time after earning a perfect passing rate.

According to the PRC, 738 out of 1,140 examinees passed the board examinations nationwide.

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UST retains spot in 2016 QS world rankings

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) remains static in the latest Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) World University rankings, clinging to the 701+ bracket for four consecutive years.

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The University of Santo Tomas (UST) remains static in the latest Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) World University rankings, clinging to the 701+ bracket for four consecutive years.

Alongside UST, De La Salle University also maintained its rank in the 701+ bracket.

The University of the Philippines-Diliman has resurfaced in the list of top 400 universities in the world and remained as the top university in the country, jumping to the 374th place from 401-410 bracket last year.

Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University also maintained its standing in the 501-550 bracket.

UST remains as the sole Philippine university with a four star rating, performing excellently in terms of employability, facilities, social responsibility, and inclusiveness.

Earlier this year, the University dropped to the 157th spot from last year’s 143rd spot in the QS Asian University Rankings.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology remained as the world’s best university for the fifth time, followed by Stanford University and Harvard University.

The National University of Singapore retained its standing as the best in Asia placing 12th worldwide.

The QS rankings are based on six factors: academic reputation (40 percent), employer reputation (10 percent), faculty-student ratio (20 percent), citations per faculty (20 percent), international students (5 percent), and international faculty (5 percent).

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