DILG exec’s email account hacked

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Central Luzon office said on Tuesday that the regional director's e-mail account has been compromised by an unknown hacker.

Florida Dijan, DILG regional director, said the hacked e-mail account sent a letter to her contacts with the subject line "A Sad Trip," indicating that she was allegedly asking for some financial support.

Dijan was supposedly unable to return from her trip to Ukraine because she was allegedly robbed by unknown men. The only way to help Dijan, the letter says, was through a Western Union money transfer of at least US$2500.

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Dijan said she only discovered about the hacked account during her live engagement in one of the programs of CLTV-36.

"I have received a call from the assistant regional director saying that many local officials have been calling to inquire about the hacked e-mail address. I also received a number of text messages asking about my current condition and what can they do to help me," said Dijan, referring to her contacts who were victimized by the hacker.

Dijan speculates that the regional agency's e-mail may have been hacked because of the voluminous amount of e-mail attachments each day.

Fortunately, Dijan clarified that the day-to-day operations and documentations of the DILG-Central Luzon was not affected because they were able to immediately create new e-mail address.

"We really tried to recover the previous messages and had it transferred to the new one but we still need more time to do that. In the meantime, we made a new account because this incident should not hinder the daily operations and communication of the DILG-3 with other agencies and partners," said Dijan.

The DILG-Central Luzon regional director added that they are already looking into the possibility of bringing up the issue with other key government agencies in order to know why the government account has been hacked.(Ferth Vandensteen Manaysay)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 25, 2014.

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