Palace: DOST may host all gov?t sites

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To halt the escalating number of hacking attacks, Malacanang on Monday, Jan. 14, that it is studying the possibility of directing the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to host all websites operated by the government.

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In a report by government-owned Philippine News Agency, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said migrating? or moving all government websites to the government host will ensure their safety from hackers as the government domain, which is managed by the DOST, is less prone to hacking.

?Those (websites) that are hosted by DOST are secure; for instance (the) PCDSPO (Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office) and the OP (Office of the President), they are hosted by the government and as much as the hackers have attempted to attack the OP (website), it has never been defaced,? Lacierda said in the report.

?Some government websites are hosted by private entities and there has been a suggestion to move or migrate their hosting to government so that?s being studied right now,? he added.

Six government websites (http://pro8.pnp.gov.ph/, http://mambulao.gov.ph/, http://www.cpa.gov.ph/, http://mmda.gov.ph/, http://nfa.gov.ph/, http://www.nmp.gov.ph/) were recently broken into by hackers to press their sentiments against the Anti-Cyber Crime Act of 2012 which President Benigno S. Aquino signed into law last September, the PNA report said.

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