MILF Web site restored after being hacked

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 11 2008 09:41 PM | Updated as of Oct 12 2008 05:41 AM

The Web site of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), www.luwaran.com, was restored Saturday after it was reportedly hacked and offline for seven days.

MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal confirmed Saturday that their Web site was hacked by unknown individuals last October 4. He described that upon visiting the site, only an empty screen was seen.

“If you open the Web site, you would see nothing. Empty screen…nag-ba-black talaga siya,” he said.  

Iqbal said that he has no suspect to pinpoint at the moment, refusing to speculate that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) may be behind it.

He believed that the government would not plan to sabotage their site in the Internet since it contains details about the MILF which benefit them.

“Walang benefit sa gobyerno ng Pilipinas na-iha-hack ang luwaran.com dahil through luwaran ay nababasa nila yung pag-iisip ng MILF... Nakakabuti sa kanila in putting up policies,” he said.
 
Meanwhile, the AFP insisted that they have nothing to do with the problem encountered by the MILF website.

Lt. Col. Julieto Ando, Army's 6th Infantry Division spokesman, said that soldiers are professionals and that they do not waste time on such activities.

“AFP is a professional organization and they are operating with the bounce or framework of the law,” he said.

He added that AFP’s mandate is to secure and protect the lives and properties of civilians, saying that the MILF Web site is publishing polluted and wrong information on the side of the AFP as part of their propaganda to downgrade the government troops. From a report by Jasper Acosta, ABS-CBN Cotabato