Anonymous Philippines, a group of hackers defaced several Philippine government websites including Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) this Wednesday, 26th of September 2012.
The group in their protest of the new anti-cybercrime law in the Philippines defaced the front pages of websites belonging to Bango Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), and American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines. The websites that were hacked were replaced by a logo belonging to “Anonymous Philippines”.
Other Philippine Government websites belonging to Philippine Anti-Piracy Team, Department of Environment in Region 3, Institute for Development and Econometric Analysis, and Department of Health’s Anti-Smoking program were all defaced.
Current Lists of Anonymous Philippines Hacked Websites
Note that some of the websites are fully functional right now, while others are fixing their sites, and others remained defaced.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System
American Chamber of Commerce in Philippines
Department of Health: Smoke-Free Philippines
Pilipinas Anti Piracy Team
Institute for Development and Econometric Analysis
DENR Region 3
Played in the background of the hacked websites is the track entitled “Freedom” by the American rock band, “Rage Against the Machine”.
Anonymous Philippines, in a statement on the defaced websites, said that the Cyber Prevention Act of 2012 or the Republic Act 10175, is the most notorious act ever witnessed in the cyber history of the Philippines.
The group expressed that the Philippine government has just passed a bill that effectively ends the Freedom of expression in the Philippines.
Language of the Cyber Prevention Act of 2012 is cunningly designed to make you think that it only applies for individuals who are deed in cyber technology and doesn’t apply to everyone, but there are parts of the bill the basically says it can imprison anyone who commits libel either written messages, blogs, comments, posts in sites like Facebook, Twitter, or any other comment-spaces of the social media in the Internet.
Anonymous Philippines said that the bill must be revised for the betterment of the Filipinos who uses the Internet. The group added that Philippines should “Protect our Right to Freedom of Expression!”.
One of the hackers said that “No RA can stop an idea. We are Legion. We are ANONYMOUS.”
For those who want to see a copy of "Anonymous Philippines" statement regarding the Cyber Prevention Act of 2012 or Republic Act No. 10175, visit here to view it. I have manage to save a copy of their statement in the defaced websites. I have save some of the actual images and changed their filenames, but the actual look is the same. See Anonymous Philippines - Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
So as a reader what are your opinion regarding this, as Anonymous Philippines’ Hackers defaced BSP, MWSS and other Philippine Government Websites.