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NBI Found an Anonymous Hacker who Involved in Attacking Govt. Websites

The government authorities have arrested a suspect in the pork barrel regarding of 38 government websites are hacked on November 3.

The National Bureau of Investigators(NBI) arrested Rodel Plasabas alias "Reaper," "anonymousbutuan," and "Anon Reaper" following a surveillance operation in Agusan del Norte. A search warrant had been issued against him for alleged violation of Republic Act 8792 or the e-Commerce Law.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said "He was on line when the search warrant was issued. Initial check on his current chats indicated discussions on website hacks. Initial forensics were conducted".

The suspect is thought to be part of a hacker group that claimed having ties with the hacktivist collective Anonymous. The group had earlier called on the public to support a protest at the Batasang Pambansa on November 5.

The group is known for wearing Guy Fawkes masks, which originated from the character named V from the Alan Moore comic book V for Vendetta. In both the comic book and the movie, the character attacked government institutions to inspire England, then under a fascist rule, to revolt.

De Lima said even if the Cybercrime Prevention Law is currently unimplemented due to a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court, the government can still prosecute offenders under the e-Commerce Law. 

"There is a particular provision Section 3 something sa e-Commerce Act on hacking so that is punishable. That is a criminal offense," she said.

De Lima said those found liable for the hacking would be ordered to pay a minimum of P100,000 fine and be imprisoned from six months to three years.

Hacker group Anonymous Philippines posted on its Facebook page a list of high-level government sites it defaced on Sunday. These included:

The Office of the Ombudsman
The Philippine Embassy in Seoul
The Insurance Commission
The Optical Media Board
The Sugar Regulatory Administration

Also on the list of hacked sites were smaller government pages, most of them of local government units (LGUs):

DepEd Marikina
Calasiao Province Official Website
Mines and Geosciences Bureau – CAR
Kalinga Province Official Website
Vigan City Officail Website
Tabuk City LGU
Province of Kalinga, City of Tabuk
Kalinga Province
Municipality of Gloria
Municipality of Bansud
3rd District of Laguna
Southern Philippines Development Authority Website
Braulioedujali Website
Cardon City Official Website
Pateros Official Website
Pasig City
Municipality of Bolinao
Magarao, Province of Camarines Sur


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