Government websites 'attacked by Chinese hackers'

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Monday, April 23, 2012


MANILA (Updated) -- Three Philippine government websites being maintained by the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) were attacked allegedly by Chinese hackers.

In a statement, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the three attacked websites were the Official Gazette, the PCDSPO, and the Presidential Museum and Library.

"At around four o'clock in the afternoon of April 23, 2012, the PCDSPO noticed a significant spike in traffic with ‘malicious’ URL requests from forged user-agents being channeled to the Official Gazette website (www.gov.ph), to the PCDSPO website (www.pcdspo.gov.ph), and to the Presidential Museum and Library website (www.malacanang.gov.ph), causing our servers to momentarily lag," he said.

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"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," he said.

He said the PCDSPO is endeavoring to maintain its websites.

"However, please note that we can expect temporary disruption of service while the attack is ongoing," he added.

On April 20, the state-run University of the Philippines' website was defaced allegedly by Chinese hackers, who said that Scarborough Shoal, which they call as Huangyan Island, belongs to them.

But on Saturday, Filipino hackers who called themselves "Anonymous #OccupyPhilippines" hit back at China, with the China University Media Union website vandalized with these words: "Chinese government is clearly retarded. Scarborough Shoal is ours!"

Another website, the http://gh.rc.gov.cn/, was defaced, with the hackers' words: "You got f**ked by the Philippines! Spratly Island is OURS!"

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte earlier urged all Filipinos to exercise restraint following the cyber attacks on the Philippines and Chinese websites linked to the ongoing standoff in the Scarborough Shoal. (SDR/Sunnex)

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