04 Nov 2013

Dozens of Government Websites Hacked by Anonymous Philippines

Almost 40 governmental websites in the Philippines were hacked by Anonymous in preparation for wider protests to start Nov. 5, according to Softpedia News. The Philippine Cyber Army disrupted the government web pages to post anti-corruption messages.

“We apologize for this inconvenience, but this is the only easiest way we could convey our message to you, our dear brothers and sisters who are tired of this cruelty and this false democracy, tired of this government and the politicians who only think about themselves,” hackers said.

“The government, in many ways, has failed its Filipino citizens. We have been deprived of things, which they have promised to give; what our late heroes have promised us to give. Let us remind the government that fairness, justice and freedom are more than words. They are perspectives.”

Victims of the hacking attack include the Insurance Commission, the Office of the Ombudsman, the Embassy of the Philippines in Seoul, and several web sites belonging to cities, municipalities and other government organizations. The hackers provided a list of all the defaced websites on their Facebook page, which has almost 20,000 Likes.

The Philippine Cyber Army also initiated distributed denial-of-service attacks against the Bureau of Customs, the Philippine National Police, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, the Congress, and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

"There are sufficient avenues for free expression so there's no need to resort to illegal acts," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said, as quoted by the Sun Star.

Some of the web sites disrupted in the weekend still display an “under maintenance” message, but most have been restored.