MANILA, Philippines – Hackers caught the country’s telecommunications officials offguard on Thursday, November 1, as they attacked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) website on a holiday to remember the dead.
“Sh4d0wFiend_h4x04 and Wizkidl33t were here!” says a message that greets visitors of ntc.gov.ph on All Saints’ Day. The message then redirects Internet users to a page that says, “ntc.gov.ph/halloween.”
“Hello and welcome,” the message on the other page says. The hackers’ objective is unclear as of this posting.
The Philippines is on a two-day holiday from November 1 to 2 – an annual ritual called Undas, when millions of Filipinos visit their dead relatives and friends in cemeteries.
In late September, hackers also defaced several government websites to protest the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which aims to penalize online libel. But other hackers attacked even privately owned websites like that of the news organization Vera Files.
The Supreme Court, in early October, temporarily stopped the implementation of the Cybercrime Law. – Rappler.com