MANILA, Philippines - A hacker has posted online what he claimed to be President Benigno Aquino III's personal mobile telephone numbers, with the president's spokesman Saturday denouncing the act as "cyber vandalism".
Communication Secretary Ricky Carandang would not confirm if the numbers were really the president's, or if their release on the worldwide web had compromised the leader's personal security or state secrets.
"It's cyber vandalism plain and simple," Carandang told AFP.
"We're dealing with it. That's all I can say for now."
The three "Personal Mobile Number(s)" were posted late Friday on the Facebook site of a user named "#pR.is0n3r".
The site owner urged his followers, who numbered more than 9,000 as of Saturday, to communicate directly with their president.
As of 12:40 PM, one of the three phone numbers was working when dialled by Rappler, but no one answered.
"The majority are not getting answers to so many issues. It is difficult to speak to a person through go-betweens. If we send him a letter we're not even sure he will receive it," the user wrote in Filipino.
The author said he belonged to the hacker group "Anonymous Philippines", which has vandalised a number of government websites in the past.
The Facebook post was also linked to a Twitter micro-blog site with the same username. - Rappler.com