Hacktivists hit gov?t sites in cyber protest

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[/caption] According to PinoyHackNews website, local hackers employed DDOS (distributed denial of service) in bringing down the government sites. Among those that were attacked were the online sites of Department of Finance, Department of Interior and Internal Interview, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Energy, Department of Education, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Also overwhelmed by DDOS attacks were the websites of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of Treasury, the Senate, Bureau of Customs, the Quezon City government, and the official website of Pres. Benigno ?Noynoy? Aquino (president.gov.ph). The hackers, which claimed they were from Pinoy Vendetta hacking group, urged netizens to participate in the attack, said PinoyHackNews. Interestingly, the anti-pork barrel rally started in cyberspace, particularly Facebook, before spilling over to the streets. The Information and Communications Technology Office of the DOST said the hacking highlights the need for secure Web hosting for government agencies and services. ?This recent spate of website defacements goes to shows the serious need for the Government Web Hosting Service (GWHS) especially since government websites will more and more be leveraged to deliver public services,? said ICT Office executive director Louis Casambre. Aquino issued Administrative Order 39 (AO39) last July 12 mandating all national government agencies, government financial institutions, and government-owned and controlled corporations to have their websites hosted under the new GWHS which will be provided by the ICT Office. ?GWHS development is progressing and will be online as scheduled as per AO39,? Casambre said. The ICT Office chief noted, however, that no critical online services were affected by the DDOS attack. ?[I]t seems that it wasn?t the intention of the community to cripple critical information dissemination websites and services of the government. We would like to request our hacking community not to target such sites,? said Casambre. ]]>

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