DOST-ICTO Urges Review of Philippine Government Websites' Security

the Philippine Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) recently sent directives to all government system admins to review their security protocols in light of the recent website hack attacks.

in the recent weeks, hackers have defaced several Philippine websites; on apr22 the University of the Philippines was shown with “We come from China, Huangyan Island is ours!,” on may4 – Philippine Star, on may9 – PAGASA has shown “Hacked by Net User!Just for a fun !!Team :X-f**k!!” and as this happen, the Philippine News Agency was defaced with a Chinese flag.

hackers seem to ride the tensions in the Scarborough Shoal dispute, the good thing probably that came out of this is the government’s realization to put value in their website’s security (it was previously stated the government does not prioritize cybersecurity and white-hat hackers who exposed several government websites vulnerabilities).

Undersecretary Louis Casambre, ICTP exec director said, “We would like to request system administrators of government websites to review their source code for these security flaws. A common vulnerability we have found stems from third party plug-ins used in content management systems (CMS).”


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