Yet another Philippine government website hacked by Anonymous

A cynic might say that hacks on Philippine government websites are now so common that visitors are lucky to find their proper content. A new attack, on canaman.gov.ph, continues the trend:

  • November 2013: 30 government sites were hacked by Anonymous Philippines to show a video about the Million Mask March on 5 November.
  • November 2014: 13 government websites were hacked by Anonymous Philippines to call for a masked protest “to show solidarity in the belief that the government failed.”
  • January 2015: 20 government sites were hacked by Anonymous Philippines in protest “against the so-called misencounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanoa”, in which 44 members of the police’s Special Action Force were killed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
  • February 2015: The latest attack, this time perpetrated by ‘Moroccan Agent Secret’, contains messages condemning ISIS, and looks like this:
Source: Malwarebytes

Source: Malwarebytes

For hacktivists like Anonymous Philippines and Moroccan Agent Secret, this is a good means of voicing their opinions. For the Philippine Government, it’s an embarrassment: although the other hacked websites have been restored after the attacks, new hacks occur with such frequency that the government’s lack of security is repeatedly exposed.

The government is clearly unprepared for cyber attacks (Canaman.gov.ph also hosted a banking phish only last week, according to Malwarebytes), isn’t putting effective measures in place to prevent them, and doesn’t have a suitable cyber security plan in place – if indeed it has one at all.

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