MANILA - A group of Filipino hackers has claimed an attack on the website of the Department of the Interior and Local Government's (DILG) Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS).
In a message posted on Facebook and a text-sharing website, the group calling itself "Anonymous Leyte" revealed usernames, email accounts and password hashes of the website's administrator and 5,578 members who are mostly local government officials nationwide.
The LGPMS is a self-assessment and web-based development management tool for provinces, cities, and towns to measure their capabilities in delivering public services.
Its major output is called the Annual State of Local Governance Report or SLGR, which shows information on LGUs' performances in terms of administration, social services, economic development, environmental management, and basic governance.
"Anonymous Leyte" said the attack is part of its "Operation DynastyDown" campaign against political dynasties nationwide.
"Are their reports real? Do you know about the performance of your city, municipality, province and region? Can you feel the improvements that they reported from your society? Are your leaders working hard for your place?" the group asked.
"Operation DynastyDown wants you to know all of the things that [a political dynasty] brings. Operation DynastyDown gives information that was hidden by the government free to the public," it added.
"Operation DynastyDown calls all of you to fight for your right to be a leader of this society and not just mere followers of same clans since decades," the group said.
The DILG has yet to issue a statement on the incident.