Sunday, November 3, 2013

Philippine government sites hacked by Anonymous

Hackers group Anonymous collective is keeping South East Asian governments quite busy this week. Singapore's The Straits Times newspaper was just hacked by a hacker or group of hackers who name himself or themselves "The Messiah" from Anonymous collective. Now according to Tech in Asia, seven government sites in Philippines were also hacked by people who claim to be a part of Anonymous:
We received word today that a total of seven Filipino government sites have been hacked by Anonymous collective. Just like what happened in Singapore, the group posted a video and a message on the hacked websites explaining the reasons behind this attack. The video essentially says that the government hasn’t been at their best in providing what the people wish for.
Source : Philippine government sites hacked by Anonymous in support of “million mask march” movement
As the time of the writing, some Filipino government websites were still being hacked and some were simply "under maintenance".

Parallel to Philippines hacking, Anonymous Indonesia posted on Twitter a list of more than 100 Australian sites it had hacked, saying the action was in response to reports of spying by Australia. The websites, defaced with a message reading "Stop Spying on Indonesia", are mainly owned by small Australian businesses and seemed to have been chosen at random.

Hactivist collective Anonymous also called people to join million mask march on November 4th:
The group announced that on Nov. 5, it will hold a "Million Mask March." They expect hundreds of thousands of participants to descend upon over 400 locations, including Washington, D.C., in an expression of solidarity against oppression and despotism. 
Participants are encouraged, but not required, to don masks featuring the likeness of Guy Fawkes, who is known for his involvement in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Originally considered a symbol of treachery, popular culture rewrote his legacy as that of a hero fighting against unjust. Nov. 5  was designated Guy Fawkes Day. The 2006 film V for Vendetta popularized his visage, and Anonymous eventually appropriated this mask and the date for its own purposes.
Source : Million Mask March: Anonymous is Planning V for Vendetta In Real Life
Philippine government sites hacked by Anonymous
Philippine government sites hacked by Anonymous
 Below is the message left to hacked Philippines government web sites by Anonymous:

Greetings citizens of the Philippines. We are Anonymous.

We apologize for this inconvenience, but this is the only easiest way we could convey our message to you, our dear brothers and sisters who are tired of this cruelty and this false democracy, tired of this government and the politicians who only think about themselves.

The government, in many ways, has failed its Filipino citizens.

We have been deprived of things which they have promised to give; what our late heroes have promised us to give. Let us remind the government that fairness, justice and freedom are more than words. They are perspectives. 

A march is happening, a revolution. A way to speak, a way to be heard.
On the fifth day of November, 2013, we will try to be a part of the history.

But of course there are those who do not want us to speak, and those who have doubts.
You can sleep, sit, go on with your everyday routine just like a herd of sheep and watch as the government laugh at you.
But if you see what we see, if you feel as we feel, and if you would seek as we seek... then we ask you to stand beside us,
this fifth of November outside Batasang Pambansa and let us march our way to freedom - a freedom from the shackles
of the Government.

You have been called; and by watching, you have been chosen.

To the "incorrupt" officials of the government, we are challenging you!
Join us!

The Corrupt - Fear us.
The Honest - Support us.
The Heroic - Join us.

We are Anonymous.
We are ONE.
The government, you are NONE.

We are legion. 
On the 5th of November, Government - Hear and understand us, or EXPECT US!

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