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Philippine Government Websites Attacked By Hackers After Historic Win

At least 68 PH government websites are under attack, a few days after the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruled in favor of the Philippines against China’s nine-dash line claim in the West Philippine Sea.

According to the report of Philstar, the websites suffered a variety of cyberattacks, which include hacking and defacement, along with traditional tool of the hacker, distributed denial of service (DDoS).

Many government agencies have been hit by the attack, which include the Department of National Defense, the Philippine Coast Guard, the Department of Foreign Affaris, the Department of Health and more importantly, the gov.ph domain.

Websites in Bohol were also similarly attacked and defaced. A screenshot of the defacement left by the hackers seemingly point to Chinese hackers as the perpetrators of the attack, though the source of the attacks seemed to have come from the Netherlands.

“Nobody can give you freedom Nobody  can give you equality or justice If you are a man you take it.
—Chinese government”

Philippine government websites are no stranger to cyberattacks that result from clashes with its neighbors. In 2012 the website of Department of Budget Management was hacked by hackers claiming to be Chinese citizens over territorial disputes in the Scarborough Shoal. In 2013 government websites bore the brunt of cyberattacks coming from Taiwan after PH Coast Guard personnel shot and killed a Taiwanese fisherman.

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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  1. It could be the act of criminals trying to pin the blame on Chinese hackers. After all, both the Philippines and Chinese government had sought to play down the court decision and opt for behind the scene diplomacy.

    Unlike previous cases like this, the Chinese government didn’t allow protest to occur around the embassy in Beijing. I doubt their government would sanction their (government sponsored) hackers to add to the tension at this time.

    Still, I hope our government doesn’t rely on $10 dollar routers like the Bangladeshis did…

  2. Well, I dare these hackers to be MAN ENOUGH to show their REAL faces and REAL names when they dare to attack again. Hiding through aliases and lame images are the works of a COWARD. Its them, HACKERS, WHO ARE NOT MAN ENOUGH!!! Mga walang B***G!!!

  3. Kung hindi nila kaya magpakilala sa mga taong pinerwisyo nila, WAG NA LANG SILA MAG-HACK ng mga websites. These imbeciles must stop their non-sense acts!!!

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