The website of Gold’s Gym Philippines (http://www.goldsgym.com.ph/) 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.
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 Net.iq@att.Net. “(I am) iRaQi For EveR,” he declared.