Gold’s Gym Philippines website hacked

The website of Gold’s Gym Philippines ( was hacked by cyber attackers early Saturday morning. The site remains defaced as of 3AM, Philippine time. The fitness center giant is yet to make any announcement about the incident on their social media accounts as of posting time.

The hacker identified himself as “Firas, King of Sadness,” purportedly from Iraq. A rock hymn serves as the background music. A message saying there’s an “error establishing a database connection” can be seen when one tries to visit other pages of the website through search engines.

gold's gym philippines website

The website of Gold’s Gym Philippines was hacked

Website visitors will see a Guy Fawkes mask and a torn flag of Israel in the website’s landing page. The Israeli flag is ripped in the middle by a black shoe. In a 2010 article in The Telegraph, it is explained that shoe-throwing is a form of protest “based on the Muslim belief that shoes and particularly the soles are unclean.”

The attacker also posted a brief message for the website administrators: “Dear admin… This is not joke or dream… This Is F*****g Reality…”

The “King of Sadness” added: “Hacking is not a crime… Hacking is art…” The hacker also indicated that he can be contacted through the email address “(I am) iRaQi For EveR,” he declared.

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for a private college in Metro Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe received the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards. He is the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: View all posts by Mark Madrona

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