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Palace says websites ‘attacked’ by Chinese networks
Cyber attack linked to standoff between PH and China over Panatag Shoal

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang’s websites crashed on Monday, April 23, due to an attack made by computers traced to Chinese networks, an official said.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said websites managed by the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) were hit by a “denial-of-service” attack at around 4 p.m.

Lacierda said the sites saw “significant spike in traffic with malicious URL requests from forged user-agents.”

The sites targeted were the Official Gazette (, the PCDSPO website (, and the Presidential Museum and Library Website (

“We determined that this was a denial-of-service attack. Information gathered through our data analysis indicated that the attack originated from IP addresses assigned to Chinese networks,” noted the PCDSPO.

They also said they are expecting temporary disruption of service as the attack goes on.

The incident comes after a cyber war broke out between Philippine and Chinese websites, with hackers from both countries claiming ownership of Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.

The Philippines and China have been locked in a standoff over claims to Scarborough, a small group of islands in the mineral-rich South China Sea.

On April 8, the Philippines found 8 Chinese fishing boats at the area, and sent its warship to arrest the crew. –

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