Olongapo Telecom & Information Technology

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

NBI runs after hackers

by Hector Lawas - Journal online

THE National Bureau of Investigation stepped into the recent incidents of hacking government websites.

The NBI Anti-Computer Crimes Division said it is now verifying information that one source of the hackers is Indonesia.

Hackers defaced the websites of the Department of Health, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, National Disaster Coordinating Council and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, among others.

The NBI said it will use the legal means provided under the E-Commerce Law and Republic Act 8792 otherwise known as an “An Act Providing and Use of Electronic Commercial and Non-Commercial transactions, Penalties for Unlawful Use Thereof and other Purposes to prosecute the hackers.

“Defacing the website is one form of hacking. We are not ruling out the possibility that those behind the defacing of government agencies’ websites belong to the same group,” NBI-ACCD chief Palmer Mallari said.

Mallari said they have come up with steps to unmask the identity of the hackers.

“Coordination with the concerned agencies will be done. Then we have to know who are web-hosting the company or companies who made their respective websites and then we are going to know the IP address used by these hackers. We are also coordinating with the telecommunication sector. After gathering the pieces of evidence, we will apply for search warrant,” he said.

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