LOOK: Hackers deface gov’t sites, warn vs cheating, propaganda
Three days before the national elections, some websites of local government units were defaced by hackers, who warned against massive cheating and black propaganda ahead of May 9.
The hackers, who identified themselves “Pinoy Hackers,” urged voters to be vigilant against electoral fraud and not to believe a black propaganda allegedly being perpetrated by a “news giant” against a certain candidate.
“Greetings Philippines! We are Pinoy Hackers. Sa Darating na Ika-Siyam: Huwag pahintulutan na ang boto ay mapupunta lang sa wala! Huwag pahihintulutan na ang uupo ay nakakamkam ng mga boto dahil sa pangmaramihang dayaan! Huwag maniwala sa ipinagkakalat ng isang news giant na paninira sa isang politiko,” a statement on the defaced websites read.
(On the ninth, do not let your votes be wasted. Do not let the beneficiary of widespread cheating win. Do not believe the propaganda of a news giant against a politician.)
Among the hacked government websites were those of the municipality of Braulio E. Dujali in Davao del Norte (https://braulioedujali.gov.ph/), Davao Regional Hospital in Tagum (https://drhtagum.gov.ph/), Southern Philippines Development Authority in Davao del Sur (https://spda.gov.ph/), and www.davaotourism.com.
Other defaced websites were:
In March, the website of the Commission on Elections was defaced by a group of hacktivists who identified themselves as “Anonymous Philippines.” The alleged hackers are now in custody of the National Bureau of Investigation. YG/IDL