MANILA, Philippines — They are at it again. 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.
On their Facebook page, the group PrivateX announced on Tuesday night the breach into the DOJ website, which redirected to a page brandishing a graphic that stated: “Don’t steal. The government hates competition.”
“You’ve expected us. We now expect you. United as One, Divided by None,” the group’s message on the page added.
The breach seems to be a reaction to Tuesday’s events, when the Senate convening as an impeachment court issued a conviction verdict against Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Asked by followers whether they are Pro- or Anti-Corona, the group responded with: “Wala po kaming kinakampihan..Para po sa lahat yan..”
It will be remembered that DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima was one of the witnesses called by the Prosecution panel during one of the sessions of the impeachment trial.
PrivateX, along with other local hacking groups, was responsible for the spate of hackings and defacements lodged against Chinese websites during the Scarborough Standoff last month.
They were also responsible for breaking into and defacing several Philippine government websites, including that of the Office of the Vice President and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts.
The breach comes on the heels of the recent passage of the Cybercrime Prevention Act by the lower house of Congress, which seeks to penalize, among others, illegal access, interception and interference of computer data and systems.