MANILA, Philippines – The website of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) was defaced Sunday, September 20, by hackers claiming to be from Anonymous Philippines.
During the defacement the NTC website sported a black background with overlaid text from the hackers, who say they acted in solidarity with Philippine Internet users who deal with the unreliable service or purportedly deceptive practices of Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
As of Monday morning, the site appears to be down or otherwise unavailable.
The main body of text from the defaced website reads:
We, Anonymous Philippines, are sympathizing with our fellow Filipino netizens whose battle cries are the "OVER PROMISED, UNDER DELIVERED" system of our internet service providers; it is the neigh direct proportionality of our internet speeds and bandwidths in relation to price. We, as a country, suffer on the bottom of the internet pyramid having one of the lowest internet speeds while paying the same amount, or even higher, compared to other countries; adding DATA CAPPING to our "UNLIMITED" data plans sums up to our great burden as an avid follower of the internet - for studies and such.
We are calling forth the attention of the NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION for this matter in hand; with this we talk as a whole... as ONE, we are asking for fairness in charging and serving our data services; Unlimited should be patterned to its name - "UNLIMITED"; not "UNLIMITED with 800MB cap". A 2MBPS speed should never be a 56kbps. A 98% service reliability should be always on the 98% part, not the 2% one.
The defacement comes 3 days after the NTC conducted pilot testing on the fixed broadband services of local ISPs.
The test found Bayantel's connection to be the slowest at "563 kilobits per second (kbps)" for a fixed broadband service advertised with "up to 2 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream." – Rappler.com
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