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Taiwanese hackers leak Philippine gov't website info

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwanese hackers yesterday revealed Philippine government security information, the latest salvo in a cyber battle that erupted after the shooting of a fisherman.

The release of Domain Name System (DNS) information on a website called Pastebin could affect over 2,300 Philippine government websites and that country's May 13 presidential election.

Both Taiwanese and Philippine hackers paralyzed the websites of both countries' presidents, as well as those of Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Coast Guard Administration on Sunday.

The Taiwanese hacker group, Anon TAIWAN, left a message along with the Philippine government's DNS information, stating that they it not stop until Manila apologizes for the killing of a Taiwanese sailor and arrests those responsible.

The director of the Executive Yuan's Information Security Office (ISO), Hsiao Hsiu-chin (蕭秀琴), said that Taiwanese hackers have completely taken over all the Philippine government's official websites, giving them the ability to invade or even paralyze the electoral system.

“It is a huge deal for the Philippine government website's DNS data to be compromised, because all the websites rely on the DNS for IP addresses and email accounts,” said Hsiao.

“I assume all the Philippine government departments are not able to receive emails, and all the government websites cannot function, either.”

According to the ISO, Taiwanese hackers who have the DNS information can change the IP addresses of all Philippine websites with “.gov.ph” at the end of their URL, as well as change website services and paralyze Philippine government websites.

Hsiao said that she is not glad to see the cyber battle between Taiwanese and Philippine hackers continue to escalate, because puts Taiwanese government's websites in jeopardy, even with the intensive cyber defense measures already in place.

According to Hsiao, Philippine hackers used Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks to paralyze the Taiwan presidential website on Sunday, which was restored after several hours and no information was taken.

“All the attacked Taiwanese websites, including the Ministry of National Defense and the Coast Guard Administration's websites, have been restored and the ISO has traced some hackers' IP addresses to the Philippines.”

The cyber battle erupted after Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng (洪石成) was killed on May 9 when the boat he was aboard was fired on by a Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) vessel, sparking fury in Taiwan. Hackers launched a cyberattack on the Philippine presidential website the next day.

President Ma Ying-jeou has given the Philippines 72 hours ultimatum on May 11 to respond to demands regarding the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman or face the consequences that would include a freeze on all applications of Philippine laborers, the recalling of Taiwan's envoy in Manila and the expulsion of the Philippine envoy in Taipei.

May 17, 2013    santosj_80@
Despite of the lack of authority, I am sincerely addressing this letter to the Taiwanese Government, its Excellency, and all its grieving citizens due to the death of their brother.
First of all, I am expressing my greatest gratitude to you. Perhaps, we would have been dead for a long time now without your help. Thank you brothers.
I am a typical son of an overseas Filipino worker in Taiwan, who was born and raised in a motherless home. I am turning 18 this month, but it does not make sense to celebrate my birthday, for it doesn’t remind me of my years of existence, but, rather, my miraculous years of living without a mother.
It’s been decades of life in a dark home- in fact, its not a “home”, and at the same time, decades of giving sincere service to Taiwanese families for my mother. I shared my mother to you, fellows. You are very lucky. You are worth dying for Filipino workers. My mother had chosen Taiwanese children to take care of, well in fact, she could have better opportunities from other countries. This is because she prioritized security and love rather than money itself. She considers her work as a service of care and love, and not as a business. Yes, we undeniably benefit from you. Our life is our vow of volition to you.
The sacrifices of Filipino workers abroad do not just end with them, it extends throughout their families. And there are thousands of Filipinos sincerely serving in Taiwan. Imagine how much families are grieving and trying to ignore the pain of living away from their loved ones.
Brothers, my future depends on your decisions. Yes, we admit, that it is really our fault. We committed an unforgivable sin. We understand you, and we don’t have the guts to deny our mistake.
I admit that I totally don’t have the authority and power to speak on my fellow Filipinos’ behalf. But, on their behalf, as a son of a Filipino worker in your beloved country, I extend my wholehearted and humble apology to your people, especially to the family of your late brother.
May 17, 2013    axing01@
santosj_80@ wrote:
Despite of the lack of authority, I am sincerely addressing this letter to the Taiwanese Government, its Excellency, and all its grieving citizens due to the death of their brother.
First of all, I am expressing my greatest gratitude to you. Perhaps, we would have been dead for a long time now without your help. Thank you brothers.
I am a typical son of an overseas Filipino worker in Taiwan, who was born and raised in a motherless home. I am turning 18 this month, but it does not make sense to celebrate my birthday, for it doesn’t remind me of my years of existence, but, rather, my miraculous years of living without a mother.
It’s been decades of life in a dark home- in fact, its not a “home”, and at the same time, decades of giving sincere service to Taiwanese families for my mother. I shared my mother to you, fellows. You are very lucky. You are worth dying for Filipino workers. My mother had chosen Taiwanese children to take care of, well in fact, she could have better opportunities from other countries. This is because she prioritized security and love rather than money itself. She considers her work as a service of care and love, and not as a business. Yes, we undeniably benefit from you. Our life is our vow of volition to you.
The sacrifices of Filipino workers abroad do not just end with them, it extends throughout their families. And there are thousands of Filipinos sincerely serving in Taiwan. Imagine how much families are grieving and trying to ignore the pain of living away from their loved ones.
Brothers, my future depends on your decisions. Yes, we admit, that it is really our fault. We committed an unforgivable sin. We understand you, and we don’t have the guts to deny our mistake.
I admit that I totally don’t have the authority and power to speak on my fellow Filipinos’ behalf. But, on their behalf, as a son of a Filipino worker in your beloved country, I extend my wholehearted and humble apology to your people, especially to the family of your late brother.
Hi santosj_80,
My friend. You have done nothing wrong with this issue. It is your government who did awful decisions and they shall be responsible for this. Thank you for your kindness and ability to understand your government's mistake. I wish your government is as smart as you.

Regards,

a stranger from Taiwan
May 18, 2013    lightcrusaderjr@
How could the claims of this article be true, when it is full of inaccuracies? It claimed the Taiwanese hackers could affect the Philippine "Presidential" elections. The last election on 13 May 2013 was held successfully. It was not Presidential, it was senatorial, party-list and local elections. The next presidential election is yet in 2016.
May 18, 2013    terrytanlim@
Racism in the Philippines against Chinese has never in any degree diminished since the time of the Spanish Colonial Era. The most ironic part of it being "Filipinos" who have Chinese roots but whose surname were either changed by their grandfathers or father precisely because of this are the worst of the pack. They include businessmen, government officials, military officials, etc. No less than the incumbent president of the Philippines is undeniably one of them.

Had the Hong Kong tourists who were killed in the Luneta incident and be it for that matter the recent Taiwanese fisherman been Americans the government would have handled the situations quite differently. Suffice it to say, the outcome of the two incidents were as they were because 'they are only Chinese anyway.' Being a second generation overseas Chinese, even with a Filipino citizenship has been very frustrating. I pity the overseas Filipino workers who have to work abroad because of the inefficiency of the Philippine Government, but then they have no one to blame but themselves because of their complacency. Maybe when the time comes when Filipinos will start to be more Asians than Americans then maybe, just maybe, there will be some progress in this "Little America.'
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This screengrab shows a message posted yesterday by Taiwanese hackers, along with the R.O.C. national flag. The cyber battle between Taiwanese and Philippine hackers continued yesterday, following the shooting of a Taiwanese fishing boat by Philippine coast guards.

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