BSP and MWSS Websites Hacked by 'Anonymous Philippines' to Protest Libel Section of Anti-Cybercrime Law!

To be honest with you, I'm not sure if writing about this will get in trouble. Truth is, I've been kind of paranoid about everything I post online ever since Anti-Cybercrime Bill was signed into law by the President a few weeks back. And it's not because I'm doing something legally wrong -- because I'm not! It's just that - like most of you, I reckon - I'm totally not comfortable with that infamous libel section. Frankly, I believe it curtails freedom of expression and as such, it just has to go.

Anyway, I think this news is totally relevant to the Pinoy tech community so I chose to cover it; After all, that's what TP has always been about. Here in TechPinas, we always tell it like it is. And yeah, I guess we all just have to be brave -- especially if we know we're doing the right thing.

Less than an hour ago, a group of hackers who call themselves "Anonymous Philippines" gained access of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas' official website and changed its homepage into an announcement board where they aired their dismay on a section of the recently signed Cybercrime Law;

bsp hacked

Anonymous Philippines

The Philippine Government has just passed a bill that effectively ends the Freedom of Expression in the Philippines.

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.

New technologies give us new opportunities to connect with a lot of people not only in this country but all over the world. They can also provide us with a medium through which our political, public and even private views can have an immediate and direct impact on individuals, communities and even countries. It is just so disappointing that our government, in adopting our 80-year-old antiquated libel laws to the Cybercrime Law, again seems to have retarded our march with the rest of the world with respect to giving full force to the people's freedom of expression.

We ask for a revision of the said bill for the betterment of the Filipino denizens.

Protect our Right to Freedom of Expression!

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And as if hacking the website of no less than the Central Bank of the Philippines isn't enough to get everyone's attention, Anonymous Philippines likewise defaced the official website of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System with the same board.

mwss hacked

As of 1:38 AM, the webmasters of BSP's website have regained access of the domain while MWSS' webpage remains under the control of Anonymous Philippines. Meanwhile, five other government websites, namely, those of Institute for Department of Health: Smoke-Free Philippines, Development and Econometric Analysis, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc., and Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team have just been besieged by the hackers.

Yesterday, September 26, 2012, a group of technology law experts, online writers, and bloggers, filed the third petition against Anti-Cybercrime Law to the Supreme Court, quoting that Sections 4(c)4, 6, 7 and 19 violate the "freedom of expression, due process, equal protection, privacy of communications and rights against double jeopardy, unreasonable search and seizure and undue delegation of legislative authority."