UP Statement On The Defacement Of Its Website

The administration of the University of the Philippines (UP) called on involved Filipinos to stop disfiguring the websites of different Chinese institutions in revenge to the hacking of the UP website, saying “[we] are more sensible than this, and our expertise is better used in productive endeavors.”

“We appeal to the public to avoid jumping to conclusions and taking actions that could further inflame people’s sentiments, particularly on the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China. Giving the perceived ‘enemies’ a dose of their own medicine by hacking their alleged country’s websites achieves nothing but unproductive counter-actions,” Alfredo Pascual, UP President, said in a given statement.

Also, Pascual requested the media to avoid exaggerating the incident.

Pascual, on the other hand refused to identify the location, given that the University Computer Center (UCC) which is the hosts of the website were able to trace the IP address of the hackers involved and in which country they belong.

“First, the IP address can be masked to appear as if someone is working from a specific location. Second, even assuming that the IP address was not masked, it is still possible that someone compromised a machine from that specific location to deface the UP System website,” Pascual uttered.

“The UCC has already made adjustments to the restored site to prevent a similar incident from happening again, details of which we opt not to divulge for security reasons,” he added.

In the meantime, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that another “attack: has been seen on websites that is being upheld by the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) at 4 p.m. today.

“We determined that this was a denial-of-service attack. Information gathered through our data analysis indicated that the attack originated from IP addresses assigned to Chinese networks,” Lacierda said.

PCDSPO website and the Presidential Museum and Library website is causing the servers to momentarily lag due to the malicious URL requests that are being linked to the Official Gazette website.

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