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PNA site hacked anew; hackers 'plant' Chinese flag on page

May 10, 2012 8:46am
For the second time in 12 hours, the website of the Philippines News Agency, the Philippine government's news wire service, was defaced by hackers suspected to be from China before dawn Thursday.

The hackers who attacked the PNA site ( replaced the home page with an image of a Chinese flag and a message that the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal belongs to China.
A screenshot of the Philippines News Agency website as of 3:55 a.m. Thursday, which was hacked a second time since Wednesday afternoon. The hackers claimed Chinese sovereignty over the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. GMA News
"Huangyan Island belongs to China, what power you have said is you? ... Tolerance is not possible, no need to endure," said the hackers in their message, while the Chinese national anthem played in the background.

China refers to the disputed shoal as Huangyan Island.

One of the hackers, who also altered the title page of the PNA site to "Hacked By Apple@EvilShadow," was the same who attacked the PNA site Wednesday afternoon - 4z1@evilshadow.

"Every country has the patience of the bottom line, if you crossed the bottom line, China will take measures to... Silence does not mean we will be afraid of any one country," said the hackers in Thursday's predawn attack.

The hackers left their website URL on the defaced page ( but the URL appeared to be a dead link as of 4 a.m.

A screenshot of an error message greeting visitors to the Office of the President website, at about the same time hackers breached the website of the Philippine government's news wire service GMA News
Also, they left their email address as, and identified themselves as "China hacker Apple@EvilShadow" "3ch0@EvilShadow" and "4z1@EvilShadow."

Earlier Wednesday, hackers hit the website of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, forcing the agency to temporarily redirect visitors to its old website.
A report on dzBB radio quoted PAGASA officials as saying the initial defacing of the PAGASA website showed a “red” screen with “Chinese characters.”
Since the standoff at the Panatag Shoal began last April, pro-China hackers had attacked the University of the Philippines website, claiming China’s sovereignty over the disputed area.
Pro-Philippine hackers struck back, hitting Chinese websites. However, Malacañang called for a stop to the cyber-warfare, saying it does nothing to aid the Philippines’ pursuit of a diplomatic solution

Other govt websites inaccessible

At least two other government websites were inaccessible as of 4 a.m. Thursday. It was not clear if they were attacked.

These included the Office of the President ( and the Philippine National Police (

The PNP website returned a "not found" error as of 4 a.m. — LBG, GMA News
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