Hackers deface NTC website over slow internet in PH
The website of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) was defaced by hackers claiming to be members of Anonymous Philippines Sunday afternoon, saying that they are in solidarity with Filipinos who are suffering from slow internet speed in the country.
The homepage of the NTC website was blocked with a black background showing “V” of “V for Vendetta” overlaid by the message of the hackers.
“We, Anonymous Philippines, are sympathizing with our fellow Filipino netizens whose battle cries are the ‘OVER PROMISED, UNDER DELIVERED’ system of our internet service providers; it is the neigh direct proportionality of our internet speeds and bandwidths in relation to price. We, as a country, suffer on the bottom of the internet pyramid having one of the lowest internet speeds while paying the same amount, or even higher, compared to other countries; adding DATA CAPPING to our ‘UNLIMITED’ data plans sums up to our great burden as an avid follower of the internet – for studies and such,” the message read.
The hackers demanded NTC to impose rules on fair charging and servicing of data services in the country.
“Unlimited should be patterned to its name – ‘UNLIMITED’; not ‘UNLIMITED with 800MB cap.’ A 2 MBPS speed should never be a 56kbps (kilobytes per second). A 98 percent service reliability should be always on the 98% part, not the 2 percent one,” the message further read.
The hacking on the NTC website came after the government agency conducted a pilot test on fixed broadband connection of four Internet service providers.
The test showed that Bayantel has the slowest Internet connection clocked at 563 kbps, paling in comparison Globe Telecom’s 2,785 kbps, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company’s 3,367 kbps and Sky Cable Corp’s 2,818 kbps.
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