NFA website hacked

MANILA, Philippines - The website of the National Food Authority was hacked on Monday, January 14, apparently in relation to the ongoing campaign against the Philippines' cybercrime law.

The hacking of comes on the eve of oral arguments at the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the law that seeks penalties against online crimes and imposes tougher ones on online libel.

Calling themselves "Anonymous Philippines," the hackers defaced the NFA website and wrote: "What happened to the law? Are all laws meant to be broken? Are they made to fool people, deprive them of their rights in exchange of what we believe as 'Heavens for Politicians?' Some say we are against the law because it would hinder our 'criminal activities, but WE do not oppose the said law in any way, if its for the greater good."

The site has not been fixed as of posting.

It's the second cybercrime-related hacking of Philippine sites this year. On January 8, the same group defaced the website of Senate Majority Floorleader Vicente Sotto III.

In October 2012, the high court issued a 120-day temporary restraining order on the implementation of the law. President Benigno Aquino III signed the cybercrime bill into law on September 12, 2012 and it took effect on October 3, 2012.

Human rights groups, Internet users, bloggers, academics and journalists filed various petitions against the law, saying it gave the government too much power over netizens and violated freedom of expression and freedom of speech.

Petitioners also said it went against moves to decriminalize libel in the Philippines, even imposing heavier penalties for online libel. -