Palace won’t tolerate Filipino hackers attacking Chinese websites

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

MALACANANG said Tuesday that it was not tolerating Filipino hackers responsible for attacking Chinese government and commercial websites amid the increasing territorial dispute by the two countries.

"We have laws on maintenance of integrity of (internet) sites, in cyberspace, and we need to remind all concerned that such laws are being enforced in our country, respective of views that may be held by people who are resorting to those actions. We will continue to abide by our laws," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in a press briefing.

A group of Filipino hackers, who called themselves "Anonymous Philippines," has claimed responsibility for the hacking of 195 Chinese government and commercial websites late Monday.

In the defaced Chinese websites, the hackers posted a message: "China's alleged claim on maritime territories and oppressive poaching can no longer be tolerated. Stand against Oppression! It's time to fight back! Say no to China's bullying!"

The hackers were referring to Chinese fishermen caught poaching near the Hasa-Hasa Shoal (Half Moon Shoal) off Palawan in the West Philippine Sea, an area that is also being claimed by China.

Philippine Maritime Police arrested the 11 Chinese fishermen and impounded their vessel, which was carrying 400 sea turtles. Nine of the fishermen have been charged in court while the other two were considered minors and were deported back to China. (SDR/Sunnex)

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