Hackers announced they were going to attack various government websites early Wednesday, October 3, as the Philippines’ controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 took effect.
The Philippine government’s website, www.gov.ph, was down as of 1:30 am, although efforts were made to revive it shortly after. Anonymous, a global group of hacktivists, announced it was behind the attack that planned to shut down at least 20 Philippine government websites.
In a YouTube post, Anonymous said the law “poses serious threats to Internet freedom, the right to privacy and other essential civil liberties including the freedom of speech, expression, and the press.”
It added: “As you can see, the worst thing you can do about the country is being blind to its own diseases. Are you trying to console yourself in thinking that we [have] a good government with no flaws? No.”