Hackers join May 11 protests against China
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Filipino hackers are joining the worldwide protests on May 11 against Chinese aggression in the West Philippine Sea.
Hackers groups that have been engaged in ti-for-tat attacks against Chinese websites are abuzz with activity for their own cyberprotest that will coincide with mass actions in the Philippines and in front of Chinese embassies and consulates worldwide.
An ABS-CBN News source confirmed Thursday that the focus of the cyberprotest is an alleged massive attack on Chinese government-owned websites, as well as other foreign websites to call international attention to China's bullying of the Philippines over ownership of Scarborough shoal.
"Anonymous #OccupyPhilippines," "PrivateX" and "Anonymous Butuan" are leading the cyberprotest.
"Ipunin nyo lang po mga hawak ninyo na .cn para sa 10 ng gabi or 11 sabay sabay nyo post dito....di po kami magdedeface sa araw na yun :) ibang approach gagawin daw namin dahil walang pakialam mga YmFiZDI5MjVmOWE1ZmU1NzU4NmJkMTAzNzRiZGVjYzY= haxors kahit pa ilan pa mahack sa kanilang .cn," the Facebook page administrator of Anonymous #OccupyPhilippines said.
Filipino hackers have also uploaded a video clip on YouTube about their May 11 cyberprotest.
Some of the foreign websites that have been defaced to tell other countries about China's intentions include:
"We, Anonymous, never stopped doing what we do in support of protecting our country's territorial integrity. Many say that such acts are not helpful to the ongoing dispute happening in our shores. We are not dumb to know that defacing websites has nothing to do with the warships in Scarborough Shoal. Hence, our goal is to gather your attention and support. Not only those who are within our region. Not only to those who are surrounding the shoal. We are doing this to let you know that this is a global situation," said the message posted on one website.
"We are not asking you to deface/DDOS China's websites. Nor root their servers. All you can do to help is simply grab the attention of other countries and international organizations," the message added.
"China's act of ignoring an international treaty is a grim action. They know that they cannot win the shoal through diplomatic channels. Their bullying tactics and abuse of power are proof that they are willing to do anything to claim Scarborough shoal," it said.
"Stand up against China's intrusion in the West Philippine Sea. It's happening in the Philippines. It may happen in your country too," it added.
The Philippine government earlier urged hackers not to attack Chinese websites to prevent the tension in the West Philippine Sea from escalating.
The Palace has also distanced itself from the May 11 protests against China.
"The protests are the initiatives of private citizens. Freedom of expression and peaceful assembly enshrined in the constitution. We urge the participants to exercise their rights responsibly," deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Thursday.