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MANILA, Philippines -- The website of the Philippine National Police's Police-Community Relations Group was hacked Tuesday, the latest government website to be attacked over the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act.
As of this posting, the PNP-PCRG website displays only the text "Index of /."
A group called the Philippine Cyber Army, on its Facebook page, has owned responsibility for the attack and threatened to continue targeting the site even if the PNP manages to fix it.
“The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is the most notorious act ever witnessed in the cyber-history of the Philippines, and the language of the bill is cunningly designed to make you think it only applies to individuals who are deep in cyber-technology and doesn’t apply to everyone, but some part of the bill basically says it can imprison anyone who commits libel either by written messages, comments, blogs, or posts in sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or any other comment-spaces of other social media in the Internet,” it said.
The recently enacted law, which comes into force on Wednesday, has been opposed by media organizations, freedom of expression advocates, netizens and other quarters who say several of its provisions could be used to suppress free expression.
PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said their IT unit is working to fix the problem.