PH gov?t says it will charge Pinoys who hacked Chinese sites

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Unlike in the past when it simply admonished Filipino hackers to cease their attacks and observe restraint, the Philippine government said this week that it will go after those responsible for attacking Chinese government and commercial websites.

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?We have laws on maintenance of integrity of (Internet) sites in cyberspace. And we need to remind all concerned that such laws are being enforced in our country,? Presidential Communications Operations Office secretary Sonny Coloma Jr. said in a press briefing.

A group of Filipino hackers, who called themselves ?Anonymous Philippines,? has claimed responsibility for the hacking of 195 Chinese government and commercial websites last May 26.

In the defaced Chinese websites, the hackers posted a message: “China’s alleged claim on maritime territories and oppressive poaching can no longer be tolerated. Stand against Oppression! It’s time to fight back! Say no to China’s bullying!”

The hackers were referring to Chinese fishermen caught poaching near the Hasa-Hasa Shoal (Half Moon Shoal) off Palawan in the West Philippine Sea, an area that is also being claimed by China.

Philippine Maritime Police arrested the 11 Chinese fishermen and impounded their vessel, which was carrying 400 sea turtles. Nine of the fishermen have been charged in court while the other two were considered minors and were deported back to China. — PIA

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