Angara admits 3 flaws in anti-cybercrime law, but adds: ‘It’s 95-percent good’

Senator Edgardo Angara on Thursday admitted that there are three flaws in the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which he principally authored in the 15th Congress.

Miriam files Internet freedom bill to counter anti-cybercrime law

Under the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago explained that the time has come for the establishment of a comprehensive State framework for the administration of Internet and information and communication technology in the Philippines.

SC decision on Cybercrime Law out this week, youth group claims

Citing “several sources in the SC,” Kabataan Partylist called on Internet users, youth groups, and other stakeholders to “remain vigilant” and rekindle the protests against the controversial law that started last year.

Europol breaks up multi-million euro Internet fraud gang

The group, which worked across 30 countries over the past two years, paralyzed computers with a virus and left messages purporting to be from organizations like Europol and the police.

Petitioners, netizens hail extension of Cybercrime Law TRO

The 120-day TRO on the Cybercrime law was extended “until further orders from the court,” just a day before the initial order expires.

Supreme Court stops Cybercrime Law indefinitely

The 120-day TRO was extended “until further orders from the court,” Supreme Court spokesperson Gleo Guerra said in text message.

Top Ten questions by SC Justices on the Cybercrime Law

In the course of the almost five-hour questioning on Tuesday, January 15, it emerged that a number of the high court’s justices did their homework before entering the SC chambers, as several of them were able to raise thought-provoking questions that tested the mettle of the lawyers defending the petitioners.

Anti-hacking law questioned after death of Internet activist

The U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is a 29-year-old U.S. computer security law that some experts say has been changed so often it no longer makes sense.

Hackers deface QCPD website

Local hacktivist groups on Tuesday afternoon defaced the website of the Quezon City Police Department (QCPD), coinciding with the ongoing oral arguments at the Supreme Court against the controversial Cybercrime Law.

SC to hear oral arguments vs Cybercrime Law on Tuesday

The Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hear arguments against the highly controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, a rare chance for the high court to chart the direction of freedom of speech on the Internet in the Philippines.

Hackers begin string of govt site defacements on eve of Cybercrime Law oral arguments

Among the high-profile websites hit include that of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), where the local hacking collective — composed of previously identified groups as Anonymous #OccupyPhilippines, PrivateX, Philker, #pR.is0n3r, and d4rkb1t, among others

Petitioners to ask SC for extension of Cybercrime Law TRO beyond Feb 6

Petitioners pointed out that time is not on their side as the SC could take all the time they want before issuing a decision on their oral arguments, which is scheduled on January 15.

Petitioners gear up for SC oral arguments on Cybercrime Law

Opposition to the cybercrime law exploded online last year as netizens criticized provisions on internet libel, monitoring of Internet traffic data without warrant, and the take-down provision of the law even without a court order.

Cybercrime Law amendments: ‘We did nothing, nothing at all’ — Casiño

Bills filed to amend contentious provisions of the Cybercrime Prevention Act have fallen by the wayside, potentially missing the opportunity provided by the 120-day temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court.

SolGen agrees: ‘Takedown Clause’ in Cybercrime Law is ‘unconstitutional’

The comment submitted by the Office of the Solicitor General, as required by the Supreme Court, said that in totality, the Cybercrime Law or Republic Act 10175 is constitutional — except for Section 19.

BFP site defacement punctuates year of ‘hacktivism’ in the Philippines

In 2012, local hacking groups launched a number of website hacking and defacements that garnered them headlines in many news outlets.

Group: Reporters accused of libel will not face separate charges for print stories published online

This clarification was issued by a group of lawyers and internet freedom advocates after cross-posted an article by the Philippines News Agency that said double-jeopardy is likely in the proposed law.

New bill on cyber libel a double-edged sword for journalists

A new bill seeking to help citizens meet the challenges of navigating cyberspace could be a double-edged sword for journalists.

Miriam’s bill to replace cybercrime law decriminalizes libel

Santiago said Senate Bill No. 3327, also known as the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom, will protect the rights and freedoms of Filipinos in cyberspace even as it defines and penalizes cybercrimes.

JPE: I’m taking crash course in email, blogs, and ‘googling’ to be enlightened on Cybercrime law

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Friday evening admitted he doesn’t know how to email or even “google”, but assured that he was taking a “crash course” on Internet technology to displace his “ignorance.”

Google rejects Philippine mayor’s ‘takedown’ request

Google turned down a request from a Philippine mayor to remove content posted on its blogging platform that was critical of the public official.

Bill to amend Cybercrime law silent on libel, real-time data collection

The repeal of the clauses on libel and real-time collection of data in the Cybercrime law were absent in the amendments being proposed by its chief author in the Senate.

Despite TRO, protests vs cybercrime law must continue — petitioners

Petitioners warn against toning down on protests and vigilance regarding the new law as a result of the TRO, stressing that the SC has yet to make comments on the merit of the controversial measure.

Next step: complete repeal of cybercrime prevention law – Human Rights Watch

An international human rights group welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court on Tuesday to halt the implementation of the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act, and suggested its complete repeal.

Supreme Court issues TRO on Anti-Cybercrime Act

(UPDATE, 1:02 p.m.) The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously voted for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the enforcement of the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act. All 14 justices were present.

Defacements of govt websites just the tip of the iceberg — security expert

Website defacements are actually more of an attack to the government’s honor and moral, since it exposes a weak link in their cyber security chain of command.

No mercy for Senators flip-flopping on Cybercrime law, youth group says

Those who are up for re-election would want to court the vote-rich youth sector in the next elections, which in the 2010 Presidential polls comprised more than half of the 50 million registered voters in the Philippines.

Sec 19 of Cybercrime Law opens up Internet to ‘cyber frame-ups’, experts say

Warrantless search and seizure of computer data and website, under the new cybercrime law, can become more widespread since the online environment allows for easy fabrication of prima facie evidence.

Give the ‘good’ cybercrime law a chance – Speaker

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Friday defended the widely opposed Cybercrime Prevention Act, calling it a ‘good law’ and urging people to give it a chance to be implemented before shooting it down.

Aquino: Libel provision must stay in cybercrime prevention law

UPDATE 6:27 PM- Amid widespread outrage over the inclusion of libel, among other provisions that could threaten civil liberties, in the Cybercrime Prevention Law, President Aquino wants the offense to remain in the controversial statute, drawing criticism from a leading journalists’ group.

Dialogue between gov’t, stakeholders on Cybercrime Law’s IRR set on Oct. 9

he dialogue between the government and various stakeholders for the drafting of the implementing rules and regulation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is set on Oct. 9.

Project NOAH DDoS attack: Not us, says local hacking group

Local hacktivist groups have denied any involvement in the overwhelming of the servers of Project NOAH, the government’s online weather portal.

‘Show me your I.D.’: Malacanang sets up e-Checkpoint on Palace website

The Palace on Thursday, put in place a “security checkpoint” on the Official Gazette website to counter any sort of cyber attacks, which the government homepage has been experiencing for the past couple of days.

Palace ‘might suggest own amendments’ to cybercrime law

Malacanang on Thursday appeared to concede that the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which has been met by public outrage over sections widely perceived to be threats to rights and civil liberties, might need to be amended.

Lawmakers buckle under social media pressure vs ‘flawed’ Cybercrime Law

Lawmakers who voted in favor of the passage of the bill are now seeking to make amends — both emotionally and legally — as pressure from social media users continue to mount.

Guingona says IRR won’t cure cybercrime law, wants amendments through ‘crowd sourcing’

Implementing rules and regulations will not correct the ‘unconstitutional’ provisions of the Cybercrime Prevention Act, Senator Teofisto Guingona III said Wednesday. He also proposed that people be involved in amending the law through ‘crowd sourcing.’

Fast & furious: Comments flood Aquino’s FB page as cybercrime statement goes live

The comments were fast and furious. On Wednesday, a link to Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda’s statement on the Cybercrime Prevention Law went live on President Benigno Aquino III’s official Facebook page.

Hackers attack more govt websites as Cybercrime Law goes live

As the Cybercrime Prevention Act goes into full effect on Wednesday, October 3, local hacktivist groups changed their mode of protest by launching Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks against several government websites.

PETITION | People of the Philippines vs the Cybercrime Law

The following is the prefatory statement to the petition filed by lawyers of the Ateneo Human Rights Center before the Supreme Court, assailing the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

Angara wants to amend takedown clause; asks DOJ to hold off on Cybercrime Law

He has been quiet since the firestorm over the Anti-Cybercrime Act that he authored broke over two weeks ago, but on Wednesday Sen. Edgardo J. Angara declared he will file an amendatory bill on the law’™s most contentious provisions.

Journalists file ‘e-petition’ asking SC to junk cybercrime law

(UPDATE – 4:07 p.m.) Journalists, media organizations and freedom of expression advocateswill have filed with the Supreme Court an electronic petition, the first to be formally filed as such, against the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 on Wednesday, the day the controversial law comes into force.

OPINION | The Cybercrime Law: To make the Internet work – and safe – be careful what you wish for

Being safe and behaving properly in the Internet is something we should not leave for the government to perform. This is something we can all do together.

IN FOCUS | Philippine Cybercrime Law: Copied from the past, inserted in the future

To simply “copy” an outdated law to include it in another without much thinking is not plagiarism this time. It is much worse.

Sotto to Chiz: rush pending bill decriminalizing libel instead of repealing Sec. 4

Instead of just repealing one section on libel of the Anti-Cybercrime Act which takes effect Oct.3, lawmakers can achieve the quicker, better effect by rushing a pending bill that decriminalizes libel. Then, they could separately tackle other objections to the new cybercrime law.

No one objected to libel provision in Cybercrime Law – Pia Cayetano

On her verified Twitter account, @piacayetano, Senator Pia Cayetano
said on Tuesday that no one in the Senate objected to the libel
provision in the Cybercrime Prevention Act when the issue was raised
on the floor.

STORIFIED | Seeing red, Pinoys turn Facebook black over Cybercrime Law

With profile pictures and cover photos going black on Facebook, Filipino netizens are rallying against the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act, which takes effect on Wednesday, October 3.

PNP community relations website hacked

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.

‘Black days’ continue as SC fails to act on TRO pleas vs ‘e-Martial Law’

Black days will continue among thousands of Filipino netizens as several groups protesting against the Cybercrime Prevention Act failed on Tuesday to have the Supreme Court stop the law’s implementation, which will begin on Wednesday, October 3.

PNP probes purported ‘Facebook’ page

CIDG on Tuesday launched its own internal investigation to identify who created and managed the Facebook page of the Philippine National Police, which it has disowned.

TEODORO L. LOCSIN, JR. | The Cybercrime Law in the Book of Genitals

Now it is clear to all and sundry that the ones to be blamed are not Noynoy, who doth nod off as usual, nor Tito Sotto who is just one man and often clueless, but all the senators with the singular exception of ‘Teopisto’; along with the mainstream media which is showed up to be incompetent.

Facebook status updates, profile photos go black vs Cybercrime Law

A day before the Cybercrime Prevention Act is scheduled to take effect, Filipino social media users gave the online world a peek into what the controversial law would do to the vibrant Pinoy community online.

Social media users stage online, offline protests vs Cybercrime Law

Social media users in the Philippines are up in arms against the Cybercrime Law, staging both online and offline protests against the onerous measure that is scheduled to take effect Oct. 3.

‘Cybercrime Law may put Philippines in more trouble with UN for curtailing press freedom’

This is an individual analysis of Commissioner Cecilia R.V. Quisumbing of the Commission on Human Rights. An elected member of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, she calls for the immediate amendment of the law as the country faces scrutiny before the UNHRC next week.

Bloody Monday, Black Tuesday: Online, offline protests build up vs Cybercrime Law

Local hacktivist groups added to the growing list of government-related websites defaced in protest of the Cybercrime Prevention Act in an initiative they called “Bloody Monday.”

Pirate Bay backs Pinoys in fight vs Cybercrime Law

Pirate Bay, invariably listed as the world’s No. 1 site for torrents on Monday, Manila-time, prominently displayed a banner ad supporting Filipinos’ call for the junking of a controversial Cybercrime Law.

Local hacking group strikes again, hits NTC website

Once again, a group of local hackers broke into one of the government’s websites, this time defacing the home page of the National Telecommunication Commission or NTC.

IMAGES | 1081 redux? Pinoy netizens up in arms vs Aquino’s ‘e-Martial Law’

MANILA, Philippines – Forty years after Martial Law when the Marcos regime curtailed freedom of expression by muzzling press freedom through Presidential Proclamation 1081, Pinoy netizens are now up in arms against what they dubbed as “e-Martial Law” or Republic Act 10175.

PHL Cybercrime Law: Say goodbye to torrent and file-sharing

With the newly enacted Cybercrime Prevention Act, popular online activities such as torrent and file-sharing may soon be put to an end.

Ochoa’s office thoroughly examined Cybercrime Law before Aquino signed it – Palace

Old blog, social media posts can still be charged with libel in new Cybercrime Act, lawyer says

Even if the newly enacted Cybercrime law cannot be retroactively applied to previous violations of the measure, the persistent nature of the Internet could mean that content published before the effectivity of the law are still covered by it.

Guingona denounces attack on govt sites in anti-cybercrime protest

The only legislator who opposed the passage of the Cybercrime Bill in the upper house of Congress, slammed the Pinoy hackers who defaced several government websites on Wednesday night in protest of the new law.

FB ‘likes’, shares could be grounds for libel, says Sen. Guingona

Sharing content, or even just clicking the ‘Like’ button on Facebook, may be grounds for libel under the recently enacted Cybercrime Prevention Act. But Senator Teofisto Guingona III said Thursday the law is so broad and vague it isn’t clear who can or should be sued.

Philippine govt websites under cyber attack

(UPDATED 3:00 P.M.) Local hacking group calling itself “Anonymous Philippines” defaced the official websites of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) in protest of a new law which it said “effectively ends the Freedom of Expression in the Philippines.”

CIDG issues ‘stern warning’ vs cybercriminals in light of Facebook hacking suit

Local police warned would-be cybercriminals from engaging in online crimes given the newly enacted Cybercrime Prevention Act.

ICTO to convene body for Cybercrime law guidelines in October

Representatives from the private sector and academe will be able to raise concerns about the new Cybercrime law and suggest safeguards against potential abuse for inclusion in the IRR.

OPINION | Beware the Cybercrime Law’s Section 19 – the ‘Takedown Clause’

Article 7 (10) (2) of the 1935 Constitution provides that, the President” may suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, or place the Philippines or any part thereof under Martial Law” in the event “of invasion, insurrection, or …

Is govt regulation good for the Internet? Stakeholders say ‘No’

The newly enacted Cybercrime Prevention Act may just be the tip of the iceberg as an upcoming meeting called by a United Nations (UN) body could impose more government control over the Internet, various industry groups warned recently.

The cybercrime law: Service providers, beware!

Much has already been said about the controversial insertion of libel into the recently-enacted “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.” In my opinion, more than the inclusion of libel, the discussion should zero in on the effect of the law on …

The Cybercrime and Data Privacy Laws: It’s about time. And give it some time

At the iBlog7 gathering last year, I gave a talk on whether there was a need for a Philippine Bloggers Association. However, I encouraged the audience at the event not to jump to any judgment too soon. Saying “no” at …

Of plagiarism, libel, and the end of freedom of expression as we know it

And so it has come to pass. The erstwhile Cybercrime Bill is now signed into law and our online lives will never be the same again. But first, a bit of perspective. In the past few weeks, cyberspace was abuzz …

‘Takedown clause’ in cybercrime law ‘very dangerous,’ lawyers say

The particular provision in the newly enacted Cybercrime law had earlier been pointed out to be contentious by Internet and information security experts as it gives the Department of Justice powers already outside its usual jurisdiction.

Cybercrime law to protect BPO sector — industry exec

A clear, specific, and punitive law covering cybercrimes will benefit the BPO sector, in which significant volumes of activities are handled electronically.

New cybercrime law could lead to ‘warrantless’ takedowns of websites, privacy violations

It may have been a step forward in the country’s fight against cybercriminals, but Pinoy netizens and experts have raised concerns against certain grey areas in the new Cybercrime Prevention Act.

PNP welcomes new Cybercrime Law

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said the passage of the Cybercrime Law will help strengthen its cybercrime unit.

ANALYSIS | The Cybercrime Law and how it affects your freedom of expression

The Cybercrime law has clearly put the spectre of imprisonment as an imminent threat to our free-willing bloggers, commentators, repliers and others who write on the Internet, even over posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Republic Act No. 10175 – Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

POSTED FOR REFERENCE ONLY. NOT A NEWS ARTICLE. Republic of the Philippines Congress of the Philippines Metro Manila Fifteenth Congress Second Regular Session Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday the Twenty-fifth day of July two thousand eleven. [ …

Beware: Online libel included in Cybercrime Law

(UPDATED 3:00 P.M.) A controversial provision, which seeks to penalize libel crimes committed through the Internet, has been included in the final version of the bill.

Cybercrime bill signed into law by Aquino – reported today that President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has signed into law the Cybercrime Prevention Act as confirmed by a top ICT official to the local I.T. news Website.

Spamming and the liability of service providers

Spamming or the unsolicited commercial communications using electronic means is one of the content-related offenses listed in the controversial House Bill No. 5808 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. Hands down, spamming is intrusive and is a modern day …

How should the Cybercrime Bill regulate online defamation?

The House of Representatives recently passed on third and final reading House Bill No. 5808 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. One of the most controversial issues about the bill is the last minute inclusion of cyber threats and …

Bill filed to curb online piracy in the Philippines

(3rd UPDATE 5:00 P.M.) MANILA, Philippines — In a bold move, a solon from the House of Representatives has filed a bill that aims to penalize acts of online piracy in the Philippines, with fines as hefty as P1 million for convicted offenders.

Philippines not a signatory to UN resolution on Internet freedom?

The United Nations Human Rights Council has recently adopted its first resolution on the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet, almost four months after it held its unprecedented high-level panel discussion on the topic.

ICT Dep’t deemed as ‘an unnecessary bureaucracy’ — solon

Taguig Rep. Sigfrido Tinga, one of they key proponents of the measure creating the Department of ICT (DICT), said the bill still has a chance of passage despite opposition from some camps.

Hackers break into Vice President’s website, again

Once again, hackers have broken into the website of the Office of the Vice President in what appears to be a protest against the passage of Senate Bill 2796, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

House passes Cybercrime bill on final reading, online defamation included

The House of Representatives has voted to pass on third and final reading a bill seeking to define and penalize cybercrime offenses committed in the country, including a controversial provision that criminalizes online defamation.

Hackers break into DOJ website, redirects to defaced page

A group of local hackers had once again broken into one of the government’s websites, this time the online domain of the Department of Justice (DOJ), and redirected it to a previously defaced page.

Torrent sites exploit weak laws, enforcement in move to .ph domain

Filipinos who get their fix of TV shows and movies from their run-of-the-mill torrent directories would be surprised that some of these sites have recently migrated to a domain extension much closer to home.

UP, ICTO call for end to cyber attacks, but Pinoy hacktivists on a hacking spree

The government and the academe have banded together to call for the end of cyber attacks between China and the Philippines as these are “unproductive counter-actions” and are unsanctioned by the administration.

Solon decries inclusion of online libel in cybercrime bill

A lawmaker is questioning the inclusion of “online libel” in the proposed cybercrime bill set to be taken up by the House of Representatives on second reading, insisting that Congress needs to tackle the decriminalization of libel instead.

PH e-commerce seen to get boost from data privacy bill in Congress

The fledging electronic commerce landscape in the Philippines could finally reach mainstream status once the pending data privacy bill in Congress is passed into law, one of its authors recently said.

‘Prima facie’ evidence in cybercrime easily faked — infosec expert

The concept of “prima facie” evidence is nebulous when translated into the digital world, which means any individual could easily be framed for cybercrime using fabricated evidence, according to an information security expert.

Group says cybercrime bill ‘far worse than SOPA’; Angara insists otherwise

An Internet standards and policy group has raised concerns that the recently passed cybercrime bill in the Senate may be far worse than the anti-piracy measures earlier shelved in the US Congress.

Local hacker protests cybercrime bill, takes down Senator Angara’s website

The website of Senator Edgardo Angara has fallen victim to a Filipino hacker who identified himself with the hacktivist group Anonymous, just days after the Senate passed its version of the anti-cybercrime bill.

Groups, bloggers ask PNoy to veto cybercrime bill

Various groups and Internet users have called on President Benigno Aquino III not to sign the proposed Cybercrime Prevention Act, saying that some provisions in the bill could only do more harm than good.

Cybercrime bill passes third reading in Senate

The Senate on Monday passed on third reading a proposed measure seeking to penalize and prevent cybercrime activities committed in the Philippines, the first ICT-related law that could be passed in more than a decade.

It’s a ‘win some, lose some’ game for IT security in 2011

The year 2011 has seen major “wins” in terms of combating cybercrime and other malware around the world, but emerging threats suggest that the game is far from over.

Online shoppers warned vs scams during the holidays

Filipinos looking to beat the Christmas rush by doing their holiday shopping online would have to be extra careful as cyber criminals are currently on the prowl against unsuspecting online users.

Reports of cyber crime on the rise – PNP

The Philippine National Police reported an alarming number of cyber attacks on individuals, corporations, and even government offices.

Gov’t virtually ‘powerless’ against website hackers – CIDG

The Philippine National Police (PNP) admits that they are practically powerless in going after hackers due to the limits of their agency.

Hackers break past NCCA website security

A group of local hackers were able to get past the security protocols of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) website late Sunday night by redirecting the homepage into a site bearing the group’s logo.

Angara urges senate to fast-track cybercrime bill

There is a need to pass an encompassing bill on cyber crime to enable the country to handle the impact of cybercrimes, according to Senator Edgardo Angara.

Lack of law, manpower make cybercrime probe difficult – NBI

The absence of a law, which would give it more teeth in running after cybercrime offenders, is making it hard for the Computer Crimes Division (CCD) of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to effectively combat cybercrime in the country, an officer said recently.

DOJ to get P68M for case tracking system, cybercrime office

As much as P68 million has been set aside from the 2012 budget recently passed by Congress to go into the development of the National Justice Information System (NJIS) by the Department of Justice (DOJ), a lawmaker said Monday.

PH is cybermafia haven – CIDG

For the reason the Philippines lacks the legal framework to combat cybercrime operations in the country, many transnational organized cybercrime groups have chosen to base their illegal activities here, the police said in a statement on Sunday.

Cybercrime: Bigger than global illegal drug trade – security expert

Cybercrime is a booming business and bigger than the global black market in marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined, according to security, storage and systems management solutions Norton Symantec.