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By JERRIE ABELLA
Another government Web site was found defaced Sunday night - the fifth
attack since last month.
Hackers of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
(Tesda) Web site, however, took on a bolder approach by leaving a
message that seemed to mock the upcoming automated elections.
=E2=80=9CAno ba gagamitin sa Election? Blade server? Juniper Firewall (what is
going to be used in the elections? Blade server? Juniper firewall)?" the
Before Tesda's, hackers had also victimized the Web sites of the
Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development
(DSWD), National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), and Department of
Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Malaca=C3=B1ang has expressed alarm over the series of hacking attacks on
government Web sites, saying it raises new concerns about the security
of the automated elections in May.
=E2=80=9COf course we are concerned. This is not just a problem in our country,
this is not just something that has happened just recently, it's
happening all over the country so this is certainly something that we
are sensitive to as a matter of information policy within government,"
said deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar at a press conference
The hacked Tesda Web site also showed a black and white illustration of
a man giving the =E2=80=9Cdirty finger" supposedly directed against several
=E2=80=9Cabusive" military and police units.
A pair of bulging eyeballs also followed the pointer anywhere on the
page, and background music was also set up on the site=E2=80=99s second web page
to which it automatically transfers.
Aside from the derisive reference to the May elections, message of
sympathy to a slain communist rebel and a potshot against an alleged
abusive police officer also replaced the original contents of the site.
=E2=80=9CNakikiramay kami sa Iskolar ng Bayan, Freedom Fighter na si Kimay" (We
sympathize with the death of scholar of the people, freedom fighter
Kimay)" the hackers=E2=80=99 message read, referring to Kemberly Jul Luna, a
young New People=E2=80=99s Army (NPA) cadre who was killed last December 15 in
an encounter with the military in Bukidnon province.
The message also identified a certain PO1 Ramos as an =E2=80=9Cabusive" police
The hackers also made the site automatically jump into a second page,
which featured a background music; a job announcement supposedly from
VenturesLink, one of the partners of Smartmatic-TIM in the automation of
the elections, inviting technicians across the country to be part of its
team; a quote from the Hacker Manifesto, a short essay written by
well-known hacker Lloyd Blankenship after he was arrested in 1986.
Following the attacks on government Web sites by hackers, Olivar urged
the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and other agencies to take the
necessary precautions to secure their Web sites.
=E2=80=9COther agencies which are not yet hit by this are likewise taking the
necessary precautions, especially Comelec because of the automated
nature of the next elections," he said at last week's briefing.
The Comelec had earlier said that adequate safeguards are in place to
protect the election results from hackers. Spokesman James Jimenez said
the system to be used in the coming automated polls would operate on a
=E2=80=9Cvirtual private network," making it difficult for hackers to bypass the
system=E2=80=99s security mechanisms. - KBK, GMANews.TV
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