A Philippine hacker has posted online what he claimed to be the President’s personal mobile telephone numbers, with Benigno Aquino’s spokesman denouncing the act as “cyber vandalism”.
Aquino spokesman Ricky Carandang on Saturday would not confirm if the numbers were really the President’s, or if their release on the worldwide web has compromised the leader’s personal security or state secrets.
“It’s cyber vandalism, plain and simple. We’re dealing with it. That’s all I can say for now,” Carandang told Agence France-Presse.
The three “Personal Mobile Number(s)” were posted late Friday on the Facebook site of a user named “#pR.is0n3r”. The post was also linked to Twitter under the same user name.
The site owner urged his followers, who numbered more than 9,000 as of Saturday, to communicate directly to the President. All three phone numbers were apparently no longer working on Saturday morning when dialed by Agence France-Presse.
“The majority is not getting answers to so many issues. It is difficult to speak to a person through go-betweens. If we send him a letter we’re not even sure he will receive it,” the user wrote in Filipino.
The author said he belonged to the hacker group “Anonymous Philippines”, which has vandalized a number of government websites in the past.