It is transparent as evidenced by the statement left by the hacking group on BSP's website (screen shot below) that the act was intentionally done as a way to protest against the signing of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. Hackers claim that the law really intends to limit people's freedom of expression masquerading in a facade of an act against cybercrimes.
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Hackers said that the law is “cunningly designed to make you think it only applies to individuals who are deep in cyber-technology and doesn't apply to everyone…”. Even adding that “some part of the bill basically says it can imprison anyone who commits libel either by written messages, comments, blogs, or posts in sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or any other comment-spaces of other social media in the Internet.”
Apart from BSP, the following websites were also compromised:
- Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS)
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Region III
- Smokefree Philippines of the Department of Health
- Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT)
- American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (Amcham)
- Institute for Development and Econometric Analysis (IDEA)
Luckily, the technical department of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas were able to promptly response and restored the site at 2:00 am.
This event should be an eye opener that for everyone to start reviewing their security protocols and employing the necessary security tools so as to mitigate risks of being compromised.