NTC website on migration process when hackers struck

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Credit: http://trendingism.com Credit: http://trendingism.com[/caption] This is according to telco firm Bayan Telecommunications (Bayantel), which used to manage and host the NTC website before the DOST took over the site?s Web hosting requirements under its iGov cloud infrastructure. In a statement released on Monday, Sept. 21, Bayantel said it turned over to the DOST?s Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) the Web hosting services of the agency?s website in March this year. ?The Web management services function, on the other hand, is currently still being turned over by Bayantel to the DOST?s Information and Communications Technology Office (ICT Office),? the company said. ?The process is expected to be completed on before October 1, 2015, the date when our contract agreement with the NTC expires,? it added. Bayantel said the hackers took advantage of the ongoing transition period to do the defacement of the NTC?s website. ?As soon as we were alerted on the incident, Bayantel and our third party developer for website, in coordination with the concerned agencies, have assisted in conducting a security audit to clean up the malicious codes and files left by the hackers,? the telco said. As of the 5:15pm Monday, the NTC website was still down, pending decision from NTC and ASTI to restore it back online. Bayantel, for its part, said it has recommended to the agencies to put up additional layer of security to prevent occurrence of similar incidents. Hackers took over the NTC website to protest the country?s slow Internet speed. The site was replaced by a black background overlaid by a message from Anonymous Philippines:

?We, Anonymous Philippines, are sympathizing with our fellow Filipino netizens whose battle cries are the ?OVER PROMISED, UNDER DELIVERED? system of our internet service providers; it is the neigh direct proportionality of our internet speeds and bandwidths in relation to price. We, as a country, suffer on the bottom of the internet pyramid having one of the lowest internet speeds while paying the same amount, or even higher, compared to other countries; adding DATA CAPPING to our ?UNLIMITED? data plans sums up to our great burden as an avid follower of the internet ? for studies and such,? the message read. ?We are calling forth the attention of the NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION for this matter in hand; with this we talk as a whole…as ONE, we are asking for fairness in charging and serving our data services; Unlimited should be patterned to its name ? ?UNLIMITED’; not ?UNLIMITED with 800MB cap.? A 2 MBPS speed should never be a 56kbps (kilobytes per second). A 98 percent service reliability should be always on the 98% part, not the 2 percent one,? it added.
This incident comes on the heels of NTC conducting a pilot test on the country?s Internet speed earlier last week. ]]>

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