The official Web site of Philippines' Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III has been hacked by a group claiming to be Anonymous Philippines at past midnight on Tuesday.
According to The Rappler news site, when users loaded the Web site titosotto.com, they had been greeted with a pop up message reading "Defaced by #pR.is0n3r". After clicking through they were greeted by an animated Anonymous Philippines logo, with a message criticizing the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
Sotto had admitted in October last year he pushed for the inclusion of online libel in the country's controversial Cybercrime Act, which come under fire for its The Inquirer noted., a separate report by
"It's been a long time, Tito Sen! Deny us our freedom of speech and of expression through R.A. 10175 and we will deny you your cyberspace. You cannot shut us up, you cannot shut us down. And you shall not see us rest until R.A. 10175 is revised," the message read. "We are all waiting, we are all ready. We are Anonymous, we are legion. We do not forgive and we do not forget. Expect Us. Protect our Right to Freedom of Expression!"
In the background, the song "Freedom" by American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine had been playing. The Web site is currently inaccessible.
The hacking comes a week before the Supreme Court on Monday announced it will hold oral arguments on the cybercrime law on Jan. 15., a separate report by Malaya news site noted.
The Philippines' Cybercrime Prevention Act had beenThe law
This is not the first time the hacktivist group had protested against the cybercrime law. In October, Anonymous Philippines hadand replaced the sites with an animated logo and statement against the Cybercrime Act, calling it "the most notorious act ever witnessed in the cyber history of the Philippines".