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Palace websites hacked by suspected Chinese hackers

Malacañang on Monday afternoon said three of its official websites were attacked by hackers whose IP addresses are assigned to Chinese networks.

In a press statement, the office of the Press Secretary said the websites of the Official Gazette, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO), and the Presidential Museum and Library were attacked.

“At around 4 o’clock in the afternoon of April 23, 2012, the PCDSPO noticed a significant spike in traffic with malicious URL requests from forged user-agents being channeled to the Official Gazette website, to the PCDSPO website, and to the Presidential Museum and Library website, causing our servers to momentarily lag,” the OPS said.

“We determined that this was a denial-of-service attack. Information gathered through our data analysis indicated that the attack originated from IP addresses assigned to Chinese networks,” it further said.

The OPS said the PCDSPO is endeavoring to maintain its websites.

“Please note that we can expect temporary disruption of service while the attack is ongoing,” it added.

Last Friday, the website of University of the Philippines was attacked by alleged pro-China hackers.

Posted with the message “We come from China! Huangyan Island is Ours!” is a map of China’s so-called "9-dash line," supposedly indicating the superpower’s territorial claim in its southern seas —which extends to the Philippines and even to Malaysia’s coastline

“We strongly denounce the attempt to deprive the UP community of vital information,” said UP Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Danilo Arao via a text message to GMA News Online.

The attack came amidst the Philippines’ ongoing standoff with China regarding the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.
Amita O. Legaspi/KBK | GMA News Online | April 23, 2012 | Article Link


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