A hacker going by the online handle of Shin0bi H4x0r hacked and defaced the official website of the Philippine Military on 30th Dec 2016. The hacker left a deface page along with a message on the hacked military website bashing the site’s admins for not implementing proper measures on such a high profile platform.
Upon visiting the website, users were welcomed with a deface page displaying messages like “Surprise! Philippine Army you get Owned. I was bored so I thought of testing my skills on the US Army website Oh well, wrong target. I hacked Philippines Military and Army. Fix your security or I will be back. | Just a friendly defacement, your website security was good, but not good enough. Security is just an illusion, hacking is a talent, defacement is art.”
The website provides news, information, photos and press releases about the military and its activities. Although it is unclear what flaw was used to deface the website, it highlights the fact that even military servers are not safe from simple attacks. However, this is not the first time when a high profile website in the Philippine has fallen prey to hackers. In the past, Anonymous hackers have been targeting government websites in the country including National Police Website, the website of senator Leader Sotto and National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) website.
One particular cyber attack that shocked the country was the hacking of Philippines Election Commission (COMELEC) website in which personal and voters details of 55 million citizens were leaked to raise awareness about the presidential election that was to take place on May 9th, 2016 however, one alleged Anonymous hacker was arrested soon after the data went public.
A the time of publishing this article, the targeted Philippine Military website was down.