Project NOAH servers latest victim of cyberattack
MANILA, Philippines - Data servers for the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) website were not spared from the cyberattacks aimed at government website.
Dr Mahar Lagmay, head of Project NOAH, said Thursday, October 4, that the said data servers were the target of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.
In a series of tweets Lagmay said the servers were under attack since morning, but engineers from the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) were able to fend it off.
Proj NOAH servers are currently under DDoS attack.We are sorry for the temporary service interruption.— Mahar Lagmay (@nababaha) October 4, 2012
Just heard from DOST-ASTI engineers that they are winning the battle against the bad hackers. Project NOAH should be online again very soon.— Mahar Lagmay (@nababaha) October 4, 2012
The main NOAH website, http://noah.dost.gov.ph, was not directly affected, but the servers handing data related to the site's functions were the ones that had problems, causing problems in accessing weather- and disaster-related data.
@spiderbaboy content of NOAH come from servers that were attacked. Still correct. Attack lang naman, hindi din nagwagi.— Mahar Lagmay (@nababaha) October 4, 2012
Slow clap sa mga DOST Engineers and Programmers.We were just attacked but defenses repelled the assault.— Mahar Lagmay (@nababaha) October 4, 2012
As of 11:45 am Thursday, the website's functions are back up.
The project's data servers are the latest victims of an ongoing series of attacks on Philippine government websites, a protest against Republic Act 10175, or the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, by "hacktivists."
The attacks commenced as the law took effect on Wednesday, October 3.
Among the websites that have been attacked already are the Official Gazette (www.gov.ph) and the websites of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Anonymous, a global group of hacktivists, announced it was behind the attacks. - Rappler.com