Like it was perfectly scheduled and in one press of a button, six Philippine government and related agencies website was hacked by the group Anonymous Philippines Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, Manila time.
The first website that was taken down was the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, it was soon followed by the MWSS website and before the tech journs and bloggers slept, four more were added to the list.
To sum it up these are the government websites that were hacked:
1. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines)
2. Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System
3. American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines
4. Philippine Anti-piracy Team
5. DENR Region 3
6. Department of Health: Smoke-Free Philippines
7. Institute for Development and Econometric Analysis
All of them were victimized in one night by the group Anonymous Philippines.
As of this posting, the Central Bank website were restored already but the rest remains hacked and still display the message by the hackers as opposed to the Cyber Crime law which has been signed by the President into law.
The text goes this way:
The Philippine Government has just passed a bill that effectively ends the Freedom of Expression in the Philippines.
The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is the most notorious act ever witnessed in the cyber-history of the Philippines,
and the language of the bill is cunningly designed to make you think it only applies to individuals who are deep in
cyber-technology and doesn’t apply to everyone, but some part of the bill basically says it can imprison anyone who
commits libel either by written messages, comments, blogs, or posts in sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or any other
comment-spaces of other social media in the Internet.
New technologies give us new opportunities to connect with a lot of people not only in this country but all over the world.
They can also provide us with a medium through which our political, public and even private views can have an immediate and
direct impact on individuals, communities and even countries. It is just so disappointing that our government, in adopting
our 80-year-old antiquated libel laws to the Cybercrime Law, again seems to have retarded our march with the rest of the world
with respect to giving full force to the people’s freedom of expression.
We ask for a revision of the said bill for the betterment of the Filipino denizens.
Protect our Right to Freedom of Expression!
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