The government has not been having a good time lately as far as cybersecurity is concerned. After the Comelec hack and subsequent data dumps that exposed the details of 55 million Filipino voters online, a new cyberattack has highlighted the woeful state of security of government websites.
Gantengers, a group that identifies themselves as Indonesian hackers, has defaced multiple government websites as of writing. The most prominent site that was defaced is the webpage of PAGASA, the state’s weather bureau. It’s a good thing we’re sweltering in the summer heat when the defacement happened – just imaging what kind of damage the defacement could have done during typhoon season, when everybody checks PAGASA’s website for updates on floods and the path of typhoons. Here is the list of the hacked sites:
The funny thing is that the hacks were pointed out by the Facebook page of Anonymous Philippines, which points out how terribad the site security of the defaced sites really are. With the elections just days away, we really hope that the next administration allocates more resources in safeguarding the websites of government agencies.
For our sake.