Manila: The Philippines on Sunday ordered all
government offices to tighten Internet security after its main
information website was brought down by hackers.
"We are alerting all government agencies to review and
improve security of their websites in view of the hacking of
the Philippine Information Agency website this afternoon,"
presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma said.
He said President Benigno Aquino`s website and the
official government website however remained secure.
"We are adopting best practices to lessen the
vulnerability of our websites to hacking and other cyber
crimes," Coloma said.
The information agency website remained inaccessible late
in the afternoon, with the words "Hacked by 7z1" appearing if
searched on Google.
Coloma did not say whether the hacker attack was related
to widespread public anger over police bungling of a hostage
crisis that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead on Monday.
Aquino`s personal Facebook account, which is linked to
his official website, has been flooded by hate messages over
the incident, with many coming from disgruntled Hong Kong
residents accusing his police force of incompetence.
Aquino censored his Facebook page after Internet users
ignored his appeal to stop bashing his government over its
handling of the hostage crisis, banning slanderous and
defamatory comments and posts.