MANILA — A cyber war is raging between China and the Philippines, resulting in the hacking of important websites in both countries.
Manila newspapers and Agence France Presse reported early this week that the cyber war broke out at a time when Philippine and Chinese vessels ran into a standoff over the Scarborough Shoal.
It was reported that shortly after the University of the Philippine website was brought down last April 20 by suspected Chinese hackers claiming “Huangyan Island (Scarborough Shoal) is Ours!,” Filipino hackers struck back by vandalizing several Chinese websites.[box type=”default” size=”large”] Hacking spree linked to standoff over disputed island [/box]“Anonymous #OccupyPhilippines” attacked the China University Media Union site, replacing its homepage content with a digitized image. Their message: “Chinese government is clearly retarded. Scarborough Shoal is ours!”
Hackers also broke into a Chinese government site, http://gh.rc.gov.cn/, and posted a map of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). “You got fucked by the Philippines! Spratly Island Is OURS!,” they wrote.
The other hacked Chinese sites are http://www.lanseyinxiang.com/, v.cyol.com, http://sanxinsudi.com, ploft.cn and ryjzw.com.
Last April 20, hackers destroyed the official website of the University of the Philippines System, forcing the state university to temporarily bring down the site.
A screenshot of the defaced website showed a map with Chinese PLA script that highlighted islands in the West Philippine Sea being claimed by the Philippines and China.
Below the map was a caption repeatedly posted, “We come from China! Huangyan Island is Ours!”
Huangyan is the Chinese name for the Scarborough Shoal, where the two countries have had vessels stationed for nearly two weeks in a standoff to assert their rival claims to the area.
The UP website was restored last April 22.
Philippine foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez suggested the hacking could be linked to the standoff.
“These computer hacking(s) are sometimes… done by some people who are passionately affected and involved in the discussion,” he told reporters.
“There has to be an investigation first to find out who exactly did this.” (With AFP report)