The online shopping site of Globe Telecom became a collateral damage of a new hacking war that has exploded between the Philippines and Malaysia on Sunday, March 3.
It can be recalled that China and Philippines waged a similar online battle at the height of West Philippine Sea dispute last year. But unlike in the disagreement with China where no lives were lost, the standoff in Sabah has already claimed about 19 lives.
On Sunday, Filipinos ? who are followers of the sultan of Sulu claiming dominion over Sabah ? killed five Malaysian policemen. Last Friday, March 1, Malaysian forces killed about 12 Filipinos in the territory , although two Malaysian military men were also slain.
GMANews Online reported that shop.globe.online.comph was defaced by alleged hackers calling themselves “MALAYSIA Cyb3r 4rmy” on Sunday morning. However, Globe spokesperson Yoly Crisanto said the site was restored just a couple of hours later, the report said.
Crisanto said the shopping site is being maintained by a third-party provider and that Globe?s security team is working with the company to secure the site, according to the report.
Irked by the attacked, Filipino hackers struck back by defacing a number of Malaysian websites, the GMA News story said.
The purported Pinoy hackers, representing the local chapter of the international hackers group Anonymous but carrying the name “Philippine Cyber Army”, warned their Malaysian counterparts to “Stop attacking our cyber space! Or else we will attack your cyber world!”
The group posted on Facebook the list of Malaysian sites that they attacked: