Philippines’ Church-affiliated election watchdog website hacked by Anonymous hackers

We thought it’s all about hacking the Philippines’ government websites but seems as if the plan has changed as the Anonymous hackers have hacked the official websites of The Election watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) which is indeed not a government owned domain.

The website was hacked by Anonymous Philippines, the same group that has been targeting the government websites for over a month against the cybercrime prevention law 2012.

Link of targeted website: http://www.ppcrv.org/global/index.php

PPCRV is a Catholic Church-affiliated poll watchdog that is owned by the private entity.

The hackers left their official Anonymous logo along with a message saying, ”We are Anonymous, We are legion, Expect Us”.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV)’s chairperson De Villa, in a statement said that, ” their website was hacked earlier on Sunday but was restored after few yours, “Our website was hacked, which was a blessing in disguise because it gave us the opportunity to renew the design and set up features that will make it more attractive”.

”Elections are coming and it is a golden opportunity to make the site security better then ever, I am not sure if the site was attacked intentionally, yet we are working on making it secure”. De Villa added.

The government of Philippine is facing  tough time against it’s latest cyber law act of 2012, this is not the first time when a government owned domain is hacked, in last couple of week, the website of Philippine National Police, website of Agusan Del Sur province, the website of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewage System (MWSS) , Philippines’ Maritime Industry AuthorityPhilippine’s Department of Environment & Natural Resources and several other websites were hacked and taken down against the cyber crime law.

At the time of writing this article, the website was restored and working.

Waqas

Waqas Amir is a Milan-based cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Waqas is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.