Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, MWSS website hacked over cybercrime law
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED 1:45 A.M.) -Several government websites including the website of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas have been hacked between 11:00 p.m. Wednesday and 12:00 a.m. Thursday by a hacker group who claims to be members of ‘Anonymous Philippines.”
The hacking seemed to be a redirect method wherein the website URL is being redirected to another URL so that when the users access the website, it will display the site which it was redirected to. The files and content of the original website remains intact in this method.
In this case, the hackers redirected the website of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (www.bsp.gov.ph) to their own website (anonreaper.fgfg.pl) that has the message they wanted to convey.
The hackers put the following message on their website:
“The Philippine Government has just passed a bill that effectively ends the Freedom of Expression in the Philippines.
The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is the most notorious act ever witnessed in the cyber-history of the Philippines,
and the language of the bill is cunningly designed to make you think it only applies to individuals who are deep in
cyber-technology and doesn’t apply to everyone, but some part of the bill basically says it can imprison anyone who
commits libel either by written messages, comments, blogs, or posts in sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or any other
comment-spaces of other social media in the Internet.
New technologies give us new opportunities to connect with a lot of people not only in this country but all over the world.
They can also provide us with a medium through which our political, public and even private views can have an immediate and
direct impact on individuals, communities and even countries. It is just so disappointing that our government, in adopting
our 80-year-old antiquated libel laws to the Cybercrime Law, again seems to have retarded our march with the rest of the world
with respect to giving full force to the people’s freedom of expression.
We ask for a revision of the said bill for the betterment of the Filipino denizens.
Protect our Right to Freedom of Expression!”
Thirty minutes after the hacking of the Bangko Sentral website, the same hackers defaced the website of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and posted the same message.
The Anonymous Philippines have a history of hacking websites of government agencies.
Last September 1, they also shut down the MWSS website over high water rates.
“We are anonymous, we are legion, we do not forgive, we do not forget, United as one, divided by none, the corrupt fear us, the honest support us, the heroic joins us, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, it’s too late to expect us!” the hackers said.
The hackers said MWSS regulatory office head Manuel Quizon had admitted that its concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water, continue to charge consumers around P1.52 per cubic meter for two cancelled projects.
They said that while Maynilad refused to answer queries about the charges, Manila Water said all charges collected from water consumers are authorized by MWSS.
The website of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas was restored at around 1:44 a.m. but the MWSS website and others are still showing the hacker’s message.
The identities of the hackers are not available as of press time although their website’s TLD extension “.pl” suggests that their website is hosted in Poland.
“We are fighting for the truth and free speech. People should not fear the government. The government should fear their people,” said the hackers in their MWSS hacking last September 1.
Other websites that were reportedly hacked by the same group between 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. includes the website of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines. Below are the updated list of websites that were hacked by Anonymous Philippines:
However, the websites of other government agencies which are primarily related to the passing of the RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 such as the Senate, Congress and Malacanang appears to be normal as of 1 a.m. Thursday.