|A screenshot of the defaced website of Philippine Star around 10 p.m. Friday night.
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) - The website of national newspaper Philippine Star was hacked Friday night.
The website's landing page, https://www.philstar.com, was defaced and a large image with a message was left behind by the hackers.
"Warning. Philippines, China inviolable state sovereignty," it said.
"We are come (sic) from China," it added.
"Huangyan Island. China," the message said.
Huangyan Island refers to Scarborough or Panatag shoal, which is the focus of an ongoing territorial dispute between Manila and Beijing.
The hackers also left behind an image link labelled "Database download now."
The website's contents were still available for access as of 10 p.m. and the defacement seemed to only affect its front page.
The website's defacement was apparently fixed immediately and the website returned to normal around 15 minutes later.
Philippine Star editor Wilma Yamson told ABS-CBN News that the defacement was removed after 10 minutes.
Yamson said the nothing was deleted from the website's files.
Since the Scarborough standoff began, several Philippine government websites have been targets of vandalism and denial-of-service attacks by hackers from China, according to the Department of Science and Technology.
Filipino hackers have been retaliating by attacking Chinese government websites.