SENATOR Sherwin Gatchalian has asked the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to immediately and extensively investigate the attack on government websites last April 1 or April Fools Day.
Gathalian identified Pinoy LulzSec as the group that hacked into government, military, and educational institution websites.
He expressed alarm over the seeming weakness of government websites against hackers who can easily enter and manipulate websites and can steal sensitive information especially from the military.
“It is very alarming that not only was the group able to hack and deface government websites, they were also able to access and leak sensitive information of the Philippine Army, including the Army’s personnel list,” Gatchalian stressed.
The senator said that the same group was responsible for leaking the database of the Commission on Elections in 2016 and exposed the data of voters on the internet.
He said that three years after, the people behind the Comelec attack are yet to be identified. He insisted that these people should pay for their action while the government should make all efforts to safeguard their websites.
“We should hold the people behind these hacks accountable for their crimes. At the same time, the government must also take steps to secure critical information structures and government networks. It bears pointing out that even the official Senate website does not currently use a secure connection,” he said.