Amid appeals from Palace, ‘hacktivists’ strike again

Posted at 09/30/12 6:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Amid appeals from Malacanang, “hacktivists” continued to deface government websites. The latest to bear the displeasure of the hackers over the passage of the Cybercrime Prevention Law is the Agusan del Sur website.

The page shows it was hacked by “Ang31s0n ~PcA”.

The hacktivists said: “We express our highest condemnation to the Bicameral Conference, especially to Sen. Vicente Sotto III, for inserting the online libel provisions, which are not present even in the 2001 Budapest Convention on Cybercrime penned by the Council of Europe, which was the basis for RA 10175.”

They also lambasted the “all-encompassing Internet superpower” given to the Justice department.

The hacktivists added the passage of the law “seemingly reflects the Aquino administration’s policy of neglect. This must be stopped, by all means.”

The defaced page then placed a link below it, which will lead to the online petition “Junk the Cybercrime Prevention Law.”

Groups have already questioned the law’s constitutionality before the Supreme Court.

Last week, several websites were also attacked, including that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System.