17 Jun 2013

Anonymous Hacks and Leaks Filipino President's Private Phone Number

Anonymous hacked and published Filipino President's private mobile number, urging voters to confront their leader directly, according to the Associated Press. A member of the hacktivist group claims he managed to steal three telephone numbers belonging to the president Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III.

The hacker dubbed “#pR.is0n3r” posted the numbers to his more than 10,000 followers on Facebook. The president’s home and office addresses were also available on the social network account. When dialed by AFP on Saturday morning, the phone numbers were no longer working.

“This is now the chance for your voice to be heard”, the hacker’s message read. He also complained that Aquino was “very silent when it comes to national issues. We want to hear him.”

Though the President’s Office didn’t confirm the authenticity of the information, his spokesman said they are investigating the security breach.

“It's cyber vandalism plain and simple,” spokesman Ricky Carandang told AFP. “We're dealing with it. That's all I can say for now.”

This is not the first time Anonymous has targeted the Aquino administration. At the beginning of the year, the hacking group defaced several governmental web sites to protest the Cybercrime Prevention Act 2012.