Hackers deface more than 10 gov't websites on 'Independence day' web freedom protest

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

At least 10 government websites were defaced in the Philippines on June 12th, the Philippines 'Araw ng Kalayaan:", by a group calling itself 'Private X,' which is protesting Philippine cyber security laws pending in congress and provisions that they say in a hijack and defacement vandalism campaign on government websites.

Including the website of Office of the Vice-President 

Todays protest Is part of a growing local vocal movement versus the alleged potential for abuse of personal freedom in new legislation designed to go after cyber criminals in the Philippines.

Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

"In the light of our past resorts, our organization stood still with its goal of proclaiming security in Philippine's cyber culture and in the midst of the events, we have witnessed the efforts of our good authority into constituting a cyber bill, in which as we have observed has good intentions, but a little loopholes over some matters," posted on the website.

"In such instances, the said bill could evenly be more considered as an exercise for the benefit of a few empowered who have the way and will to punish people who offend them, and could also be a potential threat to the freedom of expression since it can be used as a tool of censorship, and moreover it can greatly be used in the near future to condone further implementations of worse forms of censorship. "

"We're not against the government's intention to combat fraudulent, related forms of it and other serious cyber crimes, but we're absolutely against its provision that has something to do with the internet's freedom of expression."

"We're hoping for the recuperation of the bill in the implied points and evenly looking forward to its success towards the resurgence of the Philippine cyber-culture and the betterment of it," said by the hacker.

Something the group says they are working strongly to help keep cyberspace safe and agree with the government on the need to keep criminals out of cyberspace. But stress, the need also for protection for voices of protest.

The group's statement posted on Hijacked home pages, some of which were defaced says they did not install the software, take files, or damage coding of the websites which belong to Philippine government agencies.

But only seek to call attention to the concerns over personal freedom of expression that they see as a potential source of abuse. Among the websites hacked were the Philippines Nuclear research institute, Office of the Vice President of the Philippines and other government agencies.

Philippine Government Television Network PTV reported on its website that the sites were being repaired and attended to by the government agencies' concerns. Most seem to undamaged except for the defacement and vandalism to the sites home pages.

Link from: dzmm.abs-cbnnews. And groundreport

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