Hackers hit Philippine govt sites again

Hackers hit Philippine govt sites again

Summary: The government Web sites were defaced by three separate hacker groups, which were protesting against the country's cybercrime law among other reasons.

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Three Philippine government Web sites were defaced by hackers over the past two days for a variery of reasons. But Anonymous Philippines, which had earlier hacked into several sites to protest the recently-enacted cybercrime law, denies involvement. 

GMA News reported Monday the Department of Transportation and Communications' Web site was defaced by hackers who claimed to be from Turkey.

The hackers left the messages: "Turkish Hacker.. Ortak Operasyon… Hacked Metehan & AkSüVaRi Gandalf" and "The Turkish Republic will be happy, prosperous and victorious" on the Web site, it noted. No reasons were given for the hack.

In a separate report, the news agency said two other government Web sites were also hacked on Sunday.

The Maritime Industry Authority was hacked by someone with the nickname "Ablaze Ever", who said the attack was in retaliation for the release of the anti-Islam video "Innocence of Muslims" which insulted the "beloved Prophet Muhammad". The Maritime Training Council (MTC) was also hacked by "Teamr00t", who noted the hack was meant to protest against rights violations.

However, local hacker group, #pR.is0n3r which allied with Anonymous Philippines, denied its involvement in the latest online attacks. It said Anonymous has promised to stop its attacks for now and government experts should check and restore the site.

The hacktivist group had protested against the government's Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 in late September.

The Act, which was signed on Sep. 12, was intended to prevent cybersex, online child pornography, identity theft and spamming, but petitioners argued the law infringes on people's freedom of expression, due process, equal protection and privacy of communication.

Topics: Security, Government Asia

Liau Yun Qing

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