Thoughts on the hacking of the central bank website

I visit the website of the Central Bank of the Philippines regularly to find out some of the latest developments in the economy.

But one evening this week, I didn’t see the usual facts and figures on its website.

Instead, I saw what seemed like a manifesto calling for a revision of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

The following day, on September 27, 2012, Central Bank of the Philippines Deputy Governor for Resource Management Juan De Zuniga Junior issued this statement:

“Late last night the website of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (www.bsp.gov.ph) was hacked by a group who claimed to speak for freedom. For a few hours, our website was inaccessible to those who needed to get real-time information from the BSP. We apologize to the public that we serve for this interruption.

As of 2 am today, the website of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has been up and running, restored and able to serve the public once again. The BSP’s internal Information Technology Group worked on the immediate restoration of our website after ensuring that our security firewall kept our database protected.”

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