Philippine Government Websites Breached by Alleged Chinese Hackers

The Philippine Government announced that email systems and internal websites of several government entities were attacked by hackers connected to China on February 3rd. The various systems and websites were based on cloud services provided by a third-party vendor.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the cloud service’s technicians shut down the attack to deny further access to the hackers.
The websites the hackers targeted include the Cabinet Secretariat, Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department, DICT, Department of Justice, National Coast Watch System, and Philippine Coast Guard. They also targeted the private website of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.
DICT officials believed hackers associated with Lonely Island, Meander, and Panda groups carried out the attack. Last year, a ransomware attack targeted and stole data from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. website. Hackers also attacked the Department of Science and Technology, Philippine Statistics Authority, and Philippine National Police websites.

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