As potential high-profile targets for hackers both local and foreign, Philippine government system administrators must take the extra effort to ensure that their servers are safe from cyber vandalism.
The most recent cyber attack was the hacking of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Philippine News Agency (PNA) websites by Chinese hackers. A few days ago, it was the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the University of the Philippines (UP). Even the Philippine Star website was hacked by one claiming that Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea belongs to China.
A common flaw in these sites was the use of third-party applications or “plug-ins,” and open source programs which are most widely known as the “free” programs available for download by anyone with an Internet connection.
There is a saying “ you get what you didn’t paid for !”