MANILA, Philippines -- Unknown assailants hacked into the University of the Philippines’ (UP) website today, and uploaded inflammatory content about the Philippines’ dispute with China over the Scarborough Shoal.
As of press time, the site has been taken down by website administrators.
An image and text asserting Chinese sovereignty over the Scarborough Shoal, also known as Huangyan Island, was posted on the UP system site’s (http://www.up.edu.ph) front page.
A map with the China-recognized territorial lines along with the text “We come from China! Huangyan Island is Ours!” were posted on the page.
The site has been taken down “for maintenance” by the UP Computer Center. “The UP Computer Center is conducting an evaluation of the website and its contents. This website will be restored to its operational status as soon as the maintenance checks have been completed. Thank you,” the notification on the site said.
University officials have denounced the defacement of the website.
In a press conference, Department of Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said that the defacement of the state university’s website may have been done by “some people who are passionately affected in the discussion.”
“For now, I cannot really comment on this issue. There has to be an investigation on who [hacked the UP System website], and how this happened, and what we should be doing to make sure our computers are secure.”