Hacking not right way to air grievance: ICTO

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[/caption] ?We understand the concerns of the public and our netizens on the several controversial provisions of RA 10175. However, there are proper avenues for expressing their indignation rather than committing cybercrime to protest a bill that aims to prevent cybercrime,? ICTO executive director Louis Casambre said in a statement. The ICT agency issued the statement after a local hackers group unleashed a wave of attacks on Wednesday night against government-owned websites, notably the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, MWSS, and Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team. Casambre said the hacking incident underscored the existing vulnerabilities in some government websites that need to be addressed in a national cybersecurity plan. ?In the meantime, we would like to request our government systems administrators to review their own policies and utilize industry best practices when it comes to cybersecurity,? Casambre said. Under the RA 10175, the ICTO executive director is the designated chair of the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC), the main body in charge of inter-agency coordination, monitoring, policy formulation and enforcement of the Cybercrime Prevention Act, as well as the development of a national cybersecurity plan. Along with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the ICTO is also tasked with the formulation of the bill?s implementing rules and regulations (IRR). Casambre said they hope to address at least some of the controversial measures in the development of the IRR, and plan to hold multi-sectoral consultations with various stakeholders to ensure that a balance is struck between protecting individual rights, freedom of expression, and national security. ?Without a doubt the country needs a cybercrime bill. Prior to this, we?ve had limited legal tools to address cybercrimes such as identity theft, computer fraud, and hacking,” he said. The ICTO chief said there is also a need for a balanced legal regime which addresses both the potentials and perils of the Internet, and the rights of stakeholders. Casambre cited, for instance, the passage of Data Privacy Act to protect citizen’s personal data. The law was approved just prior to the Cybercrime Prevention Act. He said the Cybercrime Law is primarily a tool to address the country?s cybersecurity challenges. The measure, he said, was passed after a difficult and long process, spanning several Congresses. ?We now need to ensure that the IRR will help balance perceived shortcomings while having an implementation framework that is both legally grounded and technically sound,? he said. Responding to the petitions filed at the Supreme Court questioning the law?s constitutionality, Casambre said the government ?respects the rights of netizens and other stakeholders to seek clarifications with the courts on some of the bill?s controversial provisions.? ]]>

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