Philippine Government Websites under Attack!
TESDA. Image via WikipediaThere have been seven consecutive hacker attacks on Philippine Government websites since December 2009. The latest was on Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) website, www.tesda.gov.ph.
TESDA Site with “Dirty Finger”
This morning, TESDA website was defaced with an image of a man casting a dirty finger in the air and asking in English: “What will be used in the election? “. It obviously pertains to the coming Philippine election on May 10 this year which is planned to be automated.
DOH Secretary's Edited Image
Last month, December 2009, the website of the Department of Health (DOH) was also defaced by hackers. The image of the DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III blowing paper horns (for the anti-firecracker campaign for New Year’s Day) was edited and the horns were replaced by genitals.
DSWD Homepage Defaced
After the DOH website, the hacker attacks again on Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Website. Instead of its usual homepage, DSWDs website displayed a large picture of a green and glowing Grim Reaper bearing the words "Hacker-newbie.org", an Indonesian hacking community.
Aside from the above mentioned Philippine Government websites, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), Department of Justice (DOJ), the Philippine National Police's (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, and the Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Council also faced similar hacker attacks.
The above hacker attacks have casted doubts regarding the capability of the government to secure the upcoming automated election.