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‘Hacktivists’ strike again, attack Customs, ‘Eat Bulaga’ websites

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“Hacktivists” struck again on Tuesday, the day of hearing oral arguments in the Supreme Court for Republic Act No. 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, a law that protesters say threatens freedom of speech.

Websites of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and noon-time television show “Eat Bulaga,” were defaced Tuesday by hacker group Private X, a member of the larger hacker organization Anonymous Philippines.

Also hacked was the website of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD).

On Monday, Anonymous Philippines hit several government websites to draw attention to the oral arguments in the high tribunal.

The sites that were hit on Monday were those of the National Food Authority, National Maritime Polytechnic, Cebu Port Authority and the Municipality of Jose Panganiban (formerly Mambulao) in Camarines Norte province.

Same message

Anonymous Philippines left the same message on the BOC home page as the one on the sites defaced on Monday.

The message read: “1987 Philippine Constitution. Article III, Section 4 states that ‘NO LAW SHALL BE PASSED ABRIDGING the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.’”

The group added: “What happened to the law? Are all laws meant to be broken? Are they made to fool people, deprive them of their rights in exchange for what we believe as ‘Heavens for Politicians’? Some say we are against the law because it would hinder our ‘criminal activities,’ but WE do not oppose the said law in any way, if it is for the greater good.”

Online libel criminalized

The cybercrime law became controversial because it criminalizes online libel, among other things, angering journalists who have been campaigning for the decriminalization of libel.

Shortly after President Aquino signed RA 10175 into law last Sept. 12, the high tribunal suspended its implementation for four months until February after consolidating 15 petitions against it.

Black webpage

On the website of the QCPD, hacktivists put a black-themed webpage condemning the cybercrime law.

The black webpage featured the logo of Anonymous Philippines and a statement titled “Protect our Right to Freedom of Expression.”

The hacking was first noticed by the QCPD Public Information Office around

2 p.m. As of press time, the website had not  been returned to normal.

Fortunately, the website (http://www.qcpdpnp.com) had no sensitive data that could compromise QCPD operations.

“The website is mostly informative in nature where the public can read about our programs, accomplishments and what numbers to call. There was no serious security breach as to the QCPD’s operations,” said Senior Supt. Joel Pagdilao, deputy district director for administration.

Less harmful

The website also did not have a feedback, comment or e-mail mechanism which Pagdilao said made Tuesday’s hacking “less harmful.”

Part of the text on the website read: “We are the voice of the weak, the sense of the numb. We are bonded by cause and purpose. We are anonymous, we are legion, we do not forgive, we do not forget. Government of the Philippines, it’s too late to expect us.”

As of press time, the QCPD was working to restore the website.

Bid for attention

Pagdilao said the hacking, timed with Tuesday’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court, was simply a “bid for attention.”

“This is the first time the QCPD website was hacked. These people have so much talent which could be put to better use than hacking websites,” he added.

As part of the procedure, the QCPD reported the hacking incident to the Anti Transnational and Cybercrime Division of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Division.

Pagdilao said the CIDG would have the capability to track down the hacker.

The Eat Bulaga website’s home page was not defaced. Instead, the site’s “About” page was replaced with a simple white screen with the phrase “u r alone.” written in plain black text. Private X claimed the hacking of the Eat Bulaga website on the hacker group’s Facebook page.

Centralize hosting of sites

Earlier this week, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Malacañang was studying a proposal for the government to centralize the hosting of all government websites to improve security and fend off hackers.

He said “migrating” or moving all government websites to a government host would ensure safety from hackers.

“Those (websites) that are hosted by DOST (Department of Science and Technology) are secure; for instance (the) PCDSPO (Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office) and the OG (Official Gazette), they are hosted by the government and as much as the hackers have attempted to attack the OG (website), it has never been defaced,” Lacierda said.








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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    MAG KA KUTSABA YAN EAT BULAGA AT CBCP BISHOPS AT SI TITO SOTTO GUS2 MAG PARAMI NG BATANG HUBO PARA MARAMI TUMANGKILIK NG EAT BULAGA AT MAG SIMBA ANG MGA DESPERADO!! LAKAS NEGOSYO!!

    • Ian Agarin

      MagPacheck up ka kaya sa MENTAL, Wala Kwenta ang Opinyon mo..pati ibang tao dinadamay mo sa KAGAGUHAN mo!!!

  • hustlergalore

    parang eng-engers naman itong anonymous churva. kung gusto nilang gumanti kay tito sotto. ideface nila ang website ng senate of the republic of the philippines. o di kaya ang personal website niya na www[dot]titosotto[dot]com. siguro naman marunong sila mag-google.

    LOL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    HACKER IS RIGHT THE ADMINISTRATION IS LIKE KIM JUNG UN OF NORTH KOREA!! ANG DI LUMINGON SA PINANG GALINGAN NA HAHACK!! THIS GOVERMENT IS A BIG JOKE AND THE BISHOPS IS IGNORANT!!

    • maypakialamako

      ano namang kinalaman ng mga bishop dito? nakita mo lang QCPD akala mo cguro CBCP! and btw mali-mali din grammar mo “bishops is” is po pag singular, are pag plural! gunggung!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    BUTI NGA SAYO TITO SOTTONG MANGONGOPYA!! IDIOT SENATOR OF THE PHILIPPINES!! GUS2 DUMAMI ANG MGA BATANG HUBO PARA MARAMING TUMANGKILIK NG EAT BULAGA 

  • http://twitter.com/Dan_We_ Dan WE

    This is just about PRIDE. Why not to discuss the criminal offense if any to the lawmakers who inserted this Libel clause in the newly enacted Anti-Cyber Crime law? It’s a very clear “Cheat” to the Republic of the Philippines. Without the cheating and illegally insertion of this Libel Clause, I think the Anticybercrime law has been implemented softly. Other Law makers did not encounter the libel clause during their review and later then when it is for signature of the President, it is already inserted. Do you think there is no violation or civil liability for doing such cheat? I think it’s a very clear violation of the Philippine law.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt said:

    “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country”.

    The ruler of this country who embraced the western style democracy is not you Chief Justice, not you President.. not you congressmen but the PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES. So do not insist what you want to happen of it is against the will of the majority PEOPLE because you are NOT THE RULER OF THIS COUNTRY but just a mere SERVANTS OF THE PEOPLE.

    I think the cyber enemy of the country is from the external cyber space not within the Philippines. If you try to think how these hacktivist attacked back to chinas cyber war to the Philippines, then you could say Freedom of this country is really important because the hacktivists could easily retaliate without the order of the Generals . We are united, the Philippines is united against foreign invasion to our cyber territory, and even me, I support the Hactivist’s action to revenge from china’s government’s cyber soldiers invasion to our cyber territory.

    Is there any one from our government is “Capable” to fight back against china’s cyber war attack to the Philippines? NOTHING.. NOBODY…… it is very clear that the capability to protect this country is not within the reach of the government’s arm but the gems who are invisibly shining with the crowd of the masses who are ready to defend this land.

    It is the essence of freedom. Our enemy is not our fellow Filipinos but the invaders of our land. Why should we control our cyber gems? Why should we wage a battle against them if they did something good for our FILIPINO DIGNITY from the China’s Cyber Bully? If we will think it wisely they are precious in our existence and we need them. I believe this Hacktivists will not attack us their fellows. If they will maybe just testing the strength of what we have to open our eyes that we are vulnerable from external threats but they are not also sleeping if anyone will invade our cyber territory. They are the people who really understand what is a cyber world.

    Why should the Philippines inked for the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee if this country could not follow the rules and order of the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee?

    In my personal point of view, If I am only ABLE, I will fund this hacktivists and mold them into a disciplined and better cyber soldier because now is the time that we should have these precious people to be trained, to cultured, to be multiplied so we are ready for any form of cyber attacks. The Philippines now ranks as a Strong and equipped cyber soldiers who are ready to protect the cyber world. These people are also experts in Software development that could also vital for our economy if developed in good purpose for Information and Technology Industry.

    Of course I am agree with the anti Cybercrime law at it is important that there is always a guidelines to follow but I hope this law is not intended to attack the ordinary people, not to attack the Filipinos but the external threat of our country.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

    Matagal nyu na dapat ginawang centralized ang information pertaining government documents, that will make everything easier para na rin sa mga mamamayan na dapat OPEN information regarding projects and SALN.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HPGUIIJ44DMCSONOPI4JAEMUZM lex

    if he government doesn’t respect the rights of people, then the cyber freedom fighters pick the right approach. ituloy at ipaglaban ang karapatan ng mga nakararami!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6KQ3DYZP5GWHYFQOAVUT4X6JCY Sal

    i agree. hackers are really talented. they should put to good use their computer skills. sayang talaga ang mga pinoy

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5TENDBNOVQRJEKFPV76D2N4XUM Socorro

    To include a non political show is a big NO. Eat Bulaga has nothing to do with this, I am an avid watcher fo the show and never have I heard anything from them. What you do with Eat Bulaga just justify that there is a need for the cybercrime. Bakit pati walang kinalaman dinadamay nyo? A very wrong move on your part, your cause will be defeated pag ganyan kayo. By hacking Eat Bulaga, even the innocent viewers were affected, they will not stand for you anymore. Is this your concept of freedom? Yung magdamay ng mga innocent people?    

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5QJUD47DAPM2Y5J3AEMCE2C624 John TWT

      Siguro talagang mangyayari ‘to. Mukhang sa ganitong paraan, pagbabayarin yung mga nang-rape daw kay Paloma at Guarin…pati na yung isang senador na pilit daw pinagtakpan at ayusin ang kaso…

      Karma raw yata ang tawag dito. Hahabulin ka talaga ng mga nagawa mong karumaldumal…

      Pero hakahaka lang naman ‘to sa ganang akin…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUZISWUMVDD5QJUC7GBJKEM7XA prangka

    Leave Eat Bulaga alone.  Walang kinalaman ang trapong Sotto sa trying-hard comedian Sotto.  I am against cybercrime law but I love Eat Bulaga so much. Besides, hindi naman si Sotto ang nagpapatawa sa amin kundi si Vic, Joey, Jose. Wally, Paolo and the Juan for all bayanihan people. 



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