DOST: Charges to be filed against hackers of gov’t websites

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is considering filing charges against those who were responsible for the hacking of government websites.

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In an interview with the Philippine News Agency, Rey Espiritu, spokesperson of the DOST’s Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO), said their forensic teams are currently tracking the identity of the hackers.

“We will file the appropriate charges against these hackers for violating the E-Commerce Act,” Espiritu said.

Hacking is punishable by imprisonment of six months to three years under Section 33 of Republic Act 8792 or the Electronic Commerce Act of 2000.

To prevent similar incidents of hacking, the government is currently implementing an initiative migrating government websites to a centralized web hosting facility that will ensure the privacy and security of data.

Administrative Order 39 mandates the DOST to administer, operate and maintain the government web hosting service (GWHS) to ensure the government’s Internet presence on a 24/7 basis.

The GWHS shall be hosting the websites of National Government Agencies (NGAs), Government Financial Institutions (GFIs) and Government-Owned or -Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), including websites of inter-agency collaborations, programs and projects.

Espiritu stated that ongoing trainings for web and system administrators of government websites are being conducted to orient them on a uniform website content policy and how they will be able to update the content of the website to comply with the standard.

A group claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous Philippines hacked and defaced 38 government websites and called on the public to participate in a rally against corruption at the Batasang Pambansa on November 5. PNA

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