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7 Philippines Govt. Sites hacked to protest against anti-hacking bill


The Hacker group called as "PrivateX",a coalition of local hacker groups HukbalaHack,Anonymous, PrivateX and Philkers, hacked Seven Philippines Government websites on Independence Day as a form of protest against new anti-cybercrime bill.

According to GMA News,The websites affected are the City Government of Mandaluyong's website (mandaluyong.gov.ph), the website of the Office of the Ombudsman (omb.gov.ph), the Philippine Anti-Piracy Team website (papt.org.ph).

Philippine Nuclear Research Institute website (pnri.dost.gov.ph), the National Food Authority website (nfa.gov.ph), the Senate Electoral Tribunal website (set.gov.ph), and a Department of Health website (smokefree.gov.ph) have also been breached.

Whenever user access above mentioned websites, the are redirected to a another page that has the defacement message of PrivateX.

The hacktivists fear that in its current form, the bill could be used as “a tool of censorship” which could pose a threat to freedom of expression.

"We're not against the government's intention to combat fraudulence, related forms of it and other serious cyber crimes, but we're absolutely against its provision that has something to do with the internet's freedom of expression (sic)," Hacker said in the defacement page.
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