The websites of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) were defaced by a group calling itself Anonymous Philippines, believed to be behind similar hacking incidents in the past.
Anonymous Philippines is protesting the passage of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, calling it “the most notorious act ever witnessed in the cyber-history of the Philippines.”
The law, according to the group, “effectively ends the Freedom of Expression in the Philippines.” They are asking that the law be revised.
The two websites carry the same message on a black background.
Read the message in full below:
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!
UPDATE 9/27/2012: The group defaced two more websites: