Patrol ng Pilipino: Hackers: Friends, or foes?

By Ana Lea Macdon, Multimedia Producer, Patrol ng Pilipino

Posted at Oct 01 2012 08:58 PM | Updated as of Oct 02 2012 04:58 AM

“Hackers are not bad people,” said hackers at ROOTCON, the annual hacker conference and information security gathering held last September 7 to 8.

For the first time, they invited the media to the event to specifically change the public's perception of hackers.

According to them, hackers merely test boundaries to see how far they can go, and are equipped with expertise to help netizens develop protective measures against network vulnerabilities.

Last September 26, a series of attacks against some government websites made it to the headlines.

A group, who identified themselves as Anonymous Philippines, hacked the websites of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System and three other government accounts to protest and call for the revision of Republic Act No. 10175, otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

This bill was signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III just two weeks before the cybercrime incident.

Join Chiara Zambrano as she talks to the hackers of Anonymous Philippines. Get to know these technology whizzes and find out what it takes to be rightfully called a hacker.

Also, learn about information security and how hackers can both help and harm computer users.

Are the provisions of the newly implemented Cybercrime Law enough to safeguard the citizenry? Are the authorities capable of hunting down cybercriminals? Know how safe netizens are in cyberspace.

'Asiong Salonga vs. Dirty Harry'

Meanwhile, Jeff Canoy will take a look at the brewing conflict between two strong contenders for the mayoral position in Manila for the 2013 elections.

Former President Joseph Estrada (popularly known as "Asiong Salonga" in his movies) and incumbent Mayor Alfredo Lim (referred to as the "Dirty Harry of the Philippines") will lay down their cards on their rivalry.

Get up close and personal to these two prominent political figures as Patrol ng Pilipino breaks down critical issues surrounding them, and examines their respective profiles and political ambitions.

Catch the story behind the news in Patrol ng Pilipino, Tuesday at 9:15 p.m. on DZMM Teleradyo (Sky Cable Channel 26) and ABS-CBN 2 right after Bandila.