In an unsettling development, the House of Representatives’ official website was defaced with a “trollface” image earlier today. The hacking group known as “3MUSKETEERZ” has claimed responsibility for the cyber-attack.
(Source: @ALX on Twitter)
Screenshots of the defaced House of Representatives Website has been circulated on X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter.
The image on the website is that of a trollface with the following message:
YOU’VE BEEN HACKED. HAVE A NICE DAY.
HAPPY APRIL FULLZ KAHIT OCTOBER PALANG! FIX YOUR WEBSITE. 15-OCTOBER 2023 — 11:49:39AMMessage on the hacked HOR website
Secretary General of the House of Representatives, Reginald Velasco issued a statement regarding the incident:
We wish to inform the public that the official website of the House of Representatives experienced unauthorized access earlier today. Immediate steps have been taken to address the issue, and we are working closely with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) and law enforcement agencies concerned to investigate the matter.
While we work to restore the website fully, we ask for patience and understanding. We are committed to ensure the security and integrity of our digital platforms, and we will implement additional measures to prevent such incident in the future.
For the moment, we advice the public to be cautious of any suspicious emails or communications that claim to be from the House of Representatives.
We will keep the public updated as more information becomes available.Reginald Velasco, Secretary General of the House of Representatives
A number of government websites have been hacked and breached recently:
- Ransomware Hackers Demand $300k, Philhealth: No Data Leak
- Philippine Statistics Authority Issues Statement on Alleged Data Breach
In another report, DICT said some systems from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) were hacked as well.
This is a developing story: Philippine House of Representatives Website Hacked by “3MUSKETEERZ”
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