MANILA, Philippines - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said its website was restored at 2 a.m. on Thursday, after it was hacked by Anonymous Philippines in protest of the new anti-cybercrime law.
"As of 2 a.m. today, the website of the BSP has been up and running and restored and able to serve the public again. The BSP's internal Information Technology Group worked on the immediate restoration of our website after ensuring that our security firewall kept our database protected," BSP deputy governor for resource management Juan De Zuniga, Jr., said in a statement.
The BSP website (www.bsp.gov.ph) was down for several hours due to the hacking incident.
"For a few hours, our website was inaccessible to those who needed to get real-time information from the BSP. We apologize to the public that we serve for this interruption," he said.
Anonymous Philippines," in a statement on the websites, said the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act 10175), "is the most notorious act ever witnessed in the cyber-history of the Philippines."
Aside from the BSP, the front page of websites of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), and American Chamber of Commerce in Philippines were replaced by a logo belonging to "Anonymous Philippines" and a statement.
Other websites that were defaced include the Philippine Anti-Piracy Team, the Department of Environment in Region 3, the Institute for Development and Econometric Analysis, and the Department of Health's Anti-Smoking program.