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Virtual Terrorism: Hackers At Work

August 5, 2010

The government’s disaster mitigation body which orchestrates relief operations during severe incidents such as major earthquake and rampaging  typhoons like Ondoy and Pepeng cane under attack today, a virtual attack that is.The web site of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) was defaced with the opening splash page bearing this image:


The web site of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) was defaced with the opening splash page bearing this image:

The model posing as a Caucasian terrorist isn’t really menacing but subtext is – that there are still tech savvy malefactors who wish the government ill regardless of who is President.

Today’s incident which reported took place at around 6 a.m. coincides with the latest visit of the U.S. warship U.S.S. Blue Ridge so it’s no stretch to surmise that the hackers are trying to send an anti Visiting Forces (VFA) message.

But the hack attack is unimaginative as it is puny.

The hackers could very well have posted a full message about their ‘mission’ instead of a having a pony-tailed girl wearing a New York Yankees jacket.

Hello???

Government websites have faced a series ‘denial of service (DOS)  attacks since last year.
In January, hackers mocked the May elections via  the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) website and posted  a message saying, “What is going to be used in the elections? Blade server? Juniper firewall?”

The online homes of the health and social welfare departments were also previously defaced.

The government’s IT people cannot  continue sleeping on the job as incidents like this can very well presage a more sinister program of action.

Where are your multiple firewalls and 24/7 tech support???

Shape up or ship out boys and girls.

Bring the professionals on board, Mr. President.

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