Defaced? CAAP website briefly shows appeal to rename NAIA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 21 2018 10:33 AM | Updated as of Dec 11 2018 12:23 PM

MANILA - The website of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) appeared to have been defaced on Wednesday with a message calling for the renaming of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

At around 9 a.m., the CAAP homepage displayed the words "Bring NAIA back to its original name Manila International Airport" in green text against a black background.

At around 10 a.m., the page bore only the agency's logo and a message saying the website was "currently under maintenance."

A portion of the text on the apparently defaced CAAP website read: "Ano ba ginawa niya at kailangan ipangalan sa kaniya ang pambansang paliparan natin? Ang ginawa niya ay ang sumalungat sa gobyerno at ilakad ang agenda ng grupo niya."

(What did he do that the national airport should be named after him? What he did was defy the government and push the agenda of his group.)

The NAIA is named after former Sen. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., whose assassination on the same terminal in 1983 galvanized the opposition and helped rally support for a bloodless revolution in 1986 that forced the Marcos family into exile.

The message contained an appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte and Senators Richard Gordon, Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Manny Pacquiao to rename the terminal.

CAAP said the breach "was perpetrated by local hacking group, Anonymous Philippines," but was resolved 2 hours after it was first reported.

"As of 11 a.m. today, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) website is safe to be accessed and back online," the agency said in a statement.

"The website contained information which include civil aviation rules and regulations, forms, memorandum circulars, and other mandated publications, therefore, no sensitive information was compromised," the statement read.

CAAP said it has reported the incident to the Department of Information and Communications Technology and "is taking measures in order to prevent another attack from happening in the future."

In January, CAAP's website was also defaced allegedly by Chinese hackers.