Philippines is under cyberattack. The sites of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Philippine National Police, Department of Foreign Affairs and the one of the Department of Budget and Management have been targeted, presumably by Chinese hackers.
Officials from the government of the Philippines told local hackers to stop attacking Chinese sites because it could lead to other more serious conflicts that would not benefit the country. However, no one told Chinese hackers anything, so once again they targeted a number of high-profile Filipino sites.
GMA News reveals that the website of the Department of Budget and Management was defaced and quickly taken down by its administrators.
The domains managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process were most likely hit with distributed denial-of-service attacks that forced them offline.
Users who tried to access the site of the National Police today were presented with an index of the site instead of the normal content.
Representatives of the Department of Budget and Management issued a statement regarding their website’s defacement.
“Our initial findings indicate that all important data in the website remain intact. We are at present conducting a security audit on the site, which will remain offline until the audit has been completed and the necessary repairs are made. In addition, we have yet to establish the true identities of the parties or individuals responsible for the attack,” Secretary Florencio B. Abad said.
“Last week, the DBM made a soft launch of its new website, which was designed to be more user-friendly, navigable, and interactive for Web users and visitors. It is fortunate that we shifted to the new platform, which presents fewer security risks than the DBM’s previous content management system.”