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Govt sites hacked on eve of SC cybercrime hearing

On the eve of the Supreme Court's hearing on the Anti-Cybercrime Act of 2012, hackers opposing the law defaced several government websites early Monday. Hacked were: "What happened to the law? Are all laws meant to be broken? Are they made to fool people, deprive them of their rights in exchange of what we believe as 'Heavens for Politicians'? Some say we are against the law because it would hinder our 'criminal activities' but WE do not oppose the said law in any way if it is for the greater good," Anonymous Philippines said in a message it left in the hacked sites. It reminded the government of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which said "NO LAW SHALL BE PASSED ABRIDGING the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances." Meanwhile, foes of the law had adopted a new hashtag on Twitter. Blogger Tonyo Cruz urged those against the law to use the hashtag #NoToCybercrimeLaw in a "black protest" against the measure in cyberspace. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear the arguments for and against the controversial measure, which President Benigno Aquino III signed into law last September. Last year, several groups protested the new law, saying provisions such as online libel may be abused. Hacker groups had previously attacked some government sites in protest, but called-off its activities after one of the attacked sites turned out to be providing critical information on weather conditions. — DVM, GMA News