Palace won't condone hacking of China websites

Posted at 05/20/2014 3:40 PM | Updated as of 05/20/2014 3:40 PM

MANILA - Malacanang is not inclined to condone the defacement of China websites by hackers purportedly from the Philippines.

Members of Anonymous Philippines supposedly hacked some China websites to protest China's moves in the South China Sea.

"Well, we simply take note of that action. We have laws on maintenance of integrity of sites, ano, in cyberspace and we need to remind all concerned that such laws are being enforced in our country respective of views that may be held by people that are resorting to those actions. We will continue to abide by our laws," Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said.

Filipino hackers on Monday said they have attacked almost 200 Chinese government and private websites in retaliation for Beijing's aggressive actions in the West Philippine Sea.

In a campaign dubbed "OpChinaReloaded," the hackers inserted pages on the websites and posted a message.

"China's alleged claim on maritime territories and oppressive poaching can no longer be tolerated. Stand against oppression! It's time to fight back! Say no to China's bullying!" the message said.

The hackers claim to belong to the groups "Anonymous Phillippines," "Panay Cyber Haxxors," "Panay Cyber Army," and "Phantom Hackers PH."

They posted links of the defaced websites on Facebook.