Earlier today, we learned that tens of Filipino government websites had been defaced by Anonymous hackers in support of the protests against the misuse of pork barrel funds.
Representatives of the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology (DOST) have confirmed that over thirty government websites had been hacked.
However, they say that no critical communications have been affected by the cyberattack.
“No critical online services were affected and it seems that it wasn’t the intention of the community to cripple critical information dissemination websites and services of the government. We would like to request our hacking community not to target such sites.” said DOST Information and Communications Technology Office Executive Director Louis Casambre.
Casambre highlights the fact that this recent series of defacements once again demonstrates that the government needs the Government Web Hosting Service (GWHS).
According to a recent administrative order, the websites of all national government-owned agencies, financial institutions, and organizations will be hosted under the GWHS.