Hackers strike again; TESDA page defaced

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 11 2010 01:57 PM | Updated as of Jan 12 2010 12:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Hackers struck again, this time, defacing the home page of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) website, www.tesda.gov.ph.

Hackers put up two pages on the TESDA home page.

The first one had a header that read: "Nakikiramay kami sa pagpanaw ng Iskolar ng Bayan, freedom fighter na si Kimay".

The first page also contained an illustration of a man giving the middle finger, then the text at the end of the page read: "Ano ba gagamitin sa eleksyon?"

The second page posted greetings from Ventureslink and directed visitors to Smartmatic, the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) partner for the automated polls.

This is not the first time government websites have been hacked.

The websites of the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Justice, the Philippine National Police's (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, and the Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Council were also hacked last month.

Malacañang said it is concerned about these incidents of hacking and has instructed the Comelec and other agencies to take steps to secure their websites.

DOH website hacking

On December 17, users visiting the Department of Health (DOH) website found a picture of Health Sec. Francisco Duque III apparently holding genitals towards his mouth.

On the upper left corner of the picture, which accompanied a press release about the DOH's firecracker ban campaign, was a drawing of a penis with the words "Use Penis" next to it.

The original picture showed Duque blowing on a "torotot" or horn. The DOH encouraged the public to make noise with horns or pans instead of using firecrackers, in order to minimize firecracker-related injuries.

Before the DOH website could be fixed, the tampered picture was quickly spread in social networking sites.

The next day, alleged Indonesian hackers broke into the official website of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The DSWD home page displayed a large picture of a green and glowing Grim Reaper bearing the words "Hacker-newbie.org", a Bahasa forum reportedly for hacker communities.

More recently, the National Disaster Coordinating Council's official website was also hacked by "Heart Hacker." Viewers visiting the agency's home page instead saw a black-and-gray message box proclaiming that the site had been hacked. -- with reports from TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News; ANC