14 Mar 2013
The website of Philippine President Benigno Aquino was defaced by a local Anonymous group and freedom of speech messages were posted in an attempt to persuade the leader to handle the issue that started with Filipino occupation of a village in the Malaysian state of Sabah.
Several other government websites were also breached and defaced by Anonymous, all posting the same messages. The Directorate for Research and Development of the Philippine National Police’s website also suffered downtime, with the same hackers claiming responsibility.
“Greetings, President Aquino! We have watched how you signed into law a bill that endangers and tramples upon the netizens’ freedom of speech and expression,” wrote Anonymous on the defaced webpages. “Now, we are silent witnesses as to how you are mishandling the Sabah issue.”
President Aquino released a statement explaining that no serious breach was detected as appropriate security measures were deployed. It did not specify whether tougher security measures will be set in place.
“At around 1:30 a.m. today, we detected a breach when an errant sentence critical of the government on the Sabah issue was found to have been inserted in one of the news items within the website,” according to the statement. “No further intrusions were made as the internal security protocols were activated.”