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Philpost website defaced


A government website was defaced early Friday, amid ongoing efforts to have government websites hosted by the Department of Science and Technology for greater security.
 
The website of the Philippine Postal Corp. (Philpost) was defaced as of 4 a.m. Friday, with visitors being greeted by a black background with the message "HACKED."
 
"HACKED by Dbuzz... Creditz To: Black Angels || Brian Kamikaze | Pak RT |," read the message on the defaced site.
 
Last July, President Benigno Aquino III ordered government agencies to migrate the contents of their websites to the DOST's Government Web Hosting Service (GWHS).
 
In Administrative Order No. 39 dated July 12, Aquino cited the need for "greater security and robustness" in delivering reliable information and online services that are "free from impairment and disruption."

He said the GWHS will host the websites of:
 
- national government agencies
- government financial institutions
- government-owned or controlled corporations
- websites of inter-agency collaborations, programs and projects.
 
Hosting of websites of constitutional bodies, local government units and other autonomous branches of government by the DOST-ICTO "shall be encouraged but undertaken at the instance of the above-mentioned government entities," he added.
 
Aquino gave the concerned government agencies one year to migrate their websites.
 
"Current web hosting contracts of government agencies shall not be renewed and all covered agencies must refrain from entering into any new web hosting contracts upon the effectivity of this AO," he added.
 
Aquino also said websites that had been defaced or rendered inaccessible by attackers in the last six months shall be given priority.  — ELR, GMA News
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