Anonymous PH takes down various government websites

Written by Russell Co. Posted in News, Security

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Published on September 27, 2012 with No Comments

A local branch of the hacktivist group Anonymous has managed to take over a number of government websites on Wednesday, September 26, which included the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas website. According to the hackers, this attack was in protest to the new Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

The group feels that the passing of the bill effectively ends the freedom of expression in the Philippines and are asking for a revision.

“The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is the most notorious act ever witnessed in the cyberhistory 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 cybertechnology 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,” the hackers posted on the frontpage of the two government websites.”

The group expresses their disappointment in our government adopting 80-year old libel laws in our current society, effectively retarding our society in terms of our freedom of expression.

Filipino netizens across the country have expressed their dismay at the governments decisions and have begun to campaign against it. Senator Teofisto Guingona III, the only senator to have opposed the bill has been quite vocal about what the bill is, how it will affect us, and why he is strongly opposed to it.

A number of sites have been affected, but a few have managed to get things back in control including the BSP and the Philippine Anti-Piracy Team.

The list of affected websites are: