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Some 100 masked members of the hacking group Anonymous Philippines marched on parliament on Tuesday, denouncing corruption and pledging more cyber attacks, a week after 30 government websites were paralysed.
The hackers — wearing Guy Fawkes masks — faced off with dozens of riot police outside the House of Representatives in suburban Quezon city north of Manila, blocking the road and bringing traffic to a standstill for around an hour.
Philippines' Department of Justice (DOJ) is planning to propose changes to the country's cybercrime law which will exclude controversial provisions such as online libel. However, an Internet freedom group has described the proposal as "half-baked".
Suspected Chinese hackers defaced the website of the Philippines News Agency (PNA) on Sunday, officials said, a possible repeat of cyber attacks last year also blamed on China during a territorial row.
The state-run agency's website temporarily displayed the Chinese flag and the text: "China Hacker EvilShadow Team, We are evil shadow. We are the team. We have our own dignity China Hacker Lxxker."
Filipino hackers defaced the Philippines’ government telecommunications website yesterday, accusing Philippine President Benigno Aquino III of being “pro-Malaysian” amid the Sabah armed conflict with Sulu militants, Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN News reported.
Anonymous Philippines previously hacked the Philippine president’s official website last Tuesday, with the hacker group lambasting Aquino for doing nothing to stop the alleged human rights violations against Filipinos in Sabah.
The website of the Office of the President was hacked by Anonymous Philippines Thursday morning because President Benigno Aquino III was allegedly "mishandling the Sabah issue."
"Greetings, President Aquino! We have watched how you signed into law a bill that endangers and tramples upon the netizens' freedom of speech and expression. Now, we are silent witnesses as to how you are mishandling the Sabah issue," the hacker group said in its message that took over the website.