The website of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the official information arm of the government is now restored after hacker â€œ7z1â€ took it down yesterday.
Access to the site run by the Presidential Communications Operations Office was temporarily interrupted Sunday afternoon by an error message that showed â€˜HACKED by 7z1â€™ and an image of the Chinese flag.
Bulacanâ€™s provincial government website was also hacked by â€œâ€CopyRight åŽå¤å°A & 409882525.qzone.qq.com ~ 2010â€³. Unscrupulous pages that contained messages related to the Manila hostage-taking were inserted to the site
The hacker, who claimed to be from China, demanded a â€˜sincereâ€™ apology from the Philippine government and â€˜reasonableâ€™ compensation for the victims of last Mondayâ€™s hostage taking drama that killed eight nationals from Hong Kong.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma ordered government agencies to further safeguard the security of all official websites. â€œWe are alerting all government agencies to review and improve security of their Web sites in view of the hacking of the Philippine Information Agency Web site,â€ he said in a statement.
However, he said that the Presidential website â€“ president. gov.ph and the official government website â€“ gov.ph â€˜remain secure.â€™
Coloma said the government is adopting best practices to lessen the vulnerability of official websites to hacking and other cybercrimes.
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