Press Release
April 3, 2019

Statement of Senator Win Gatchalian on the April Fools Day hack of government websites

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) should make a thorough investigation of the April 1 attack made by hacking group Pinoy LulzSec on a large number of government, military, and educational institution websites.

It is very alarming that not only was the group able to hack and deface government websites, they were also able to access and leak sensitive information of the Philippine Army, including the Army's personnel list. Let us not forget that they are the same group that leaked the Comelec database in 2016, exposing voters' private data to the world wide web.

We should hold the people behind these hacks accountable for their crimes. At the same time, the government must also take steps to secure critical information structures and government networks. It bears pointing out that even the official Senate website does not currently use a secure connection.

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