3 Malacañang websites attacked, Chinese hackers suspected

InterAksyon.com reports that Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda revealed on Monday, April 23, that at least three websites of Malacañang were hacked at around around four o’ clock in the afternooon that day.

InterAksyon.com reports that Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda revealed on Monday, April 23, that at least three websites of Malacañang were hacked at around around four o’ clock in the afternooon that day. Chinese hackers were suspected of attacking the Official Gazette website (www.gov.ph), the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office website (www.pcdspo.gov.ph), and the Presidential Museum and Library website (www.malacanang.gov.ph). According to Lacierda, the three sites got "a significant spike in traffic with malicious URL requests from forged user-agents." Fortunately, The three websites are now up and running.

 

InterkAksyon surmised that the attack on the Malacañang websites are most likely a part of the ongoing "hacking war" between Chinese and Filipino hackers. The report noted that Chinese hackers drew first blood on Friday, April 20, when they hacked the University of the Philippines website. In that instance, a photo depicting China's territorial claim of the Spratly Islands was uploaded on the site with a caption that read: "We come from China! Huangyan Island is Ours!"

 

The report then noted: "In retaliation, a group of Philippine-based hackers broke into one of the sub-websites of the Chinese University Media Union (UMU) on Saturday, April 21." They "replaced the main page with a defaced website that declared ’Scarborough Shoal is ours!’ as loud, screaming music played in the background."

 

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