A group of Filipino hackers on Thursday posted a fake news item in one of the official websites (www.1.presi
dent.gov.ph) of president Benigno Aquino III to criticize the government’s “mishandling” of the country’s claim to Sabah.
The collective Anonymous Philippines slammed the President for his inaction while the number of Filipino casualties in Sabah continued to rise.
“We have watched how you signed into law a bill that endangers and tramples upon the netizens’ freedom of speech and expression. Now, we are silent witnesses as to how you are mishandling the Sabah issue.”
“We did not engage the Malaysian hackers who invaded our cyberspace since we expected you to appropriately and judiciously act on the same, but you failed us. If you can’t act on the issue as the Philippine President, at least do something as a fellow Filipino. We are watching.”
Hacktivist groups have been involved in a series of defacements of Malaysian websites as the tensions between the Sulu sultanate’s forces and Malaysian authorities continued.
Anonymous Philippines, however, did not participate in the exchange of online offensives.
Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma said the breach was detected at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday.
“We detected a breach when an errant sentence critical of the government on the Sabah issue was found to have been inserted in one of the news items within the website,” Coloma said.
“No further intrusions were made as the internal security protocols were activated.”