PNP experts tell how to catch a hacker

MANILA, Philippines—Just as criminals are identified through clues left on the scene, computer forensic experts may trace infiltration into computer networks and sites through “digital fingerprints” hackers leave in a target’s hard drive.

Computer forensic experts from Camp Crame national police headquarters need only to look into the hard drive of a “compromised” computer of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to see whether hackers have indeed penetrated the system.

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TeleTech wins in BPO awards

MANILA, Philippines–Outsourcing services firm TeleTech won this year’s “BPO Company of the Year” in the concluded International ICT Awards-Philippines.

The awarda, organized by the Business Processing Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham), recognize the significant contributions of top outsourcing firms in the country.

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RP gov’t websites vulnerable to hacking

MANILA, Philippines—Without a nationwide cybersecurity program to keep hackers at bay, government websites in the Philippines are vulnerable to computer attacks, an official of the National Computer Center (NCC) said Monday.

“Right now we are, admittedly, vulnerable,” NCC Commissioner Angelo Timoteo M. Diaz de Rivera said. The NCC is under the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT).

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Use it or lose it, Andaya says of funds

LEGAZPI CITY—Under a new policy of the Department of Budget and Management, a government agency should fully expend its monthly budget or the DBM would take the money back.

“Use it or lose it,” in short, is the new policy on fund releases this year, Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. said during a Philippine economic briefing held in Naga City last week.

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Clark Electric sees rise in power demand

MANILA, Philippines — Clark Electric Distribution Corp., 65-percent owned by power retailer Manila Electric Co. and operating in the Clark Special Economic Zone north of Manila, is allotting P200 million this year to beef up its system and prepare for future demand increases in its franchise area, a company official said.

It expects electricity demand in Clark to grow over the next several years, particularly when the “Next Frontier” project of Clark Development Corp. (CDC), the government overseer of Clark, materializes, Clark Electric chief operating officer Radito Tuazon said in an interview. [Read Full Story]

DBP, Landbank near MRT takeover

MANILA, Philippines — Two government banks are to take over the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) next month, following acquisition of 56 percent of MRT Corp. as of February, the government announced Monday.

Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Land bank of the Philippines will GET six of the 14 seats on the board of MRT Corp. on April 2, DBP president Reynaldo David said.

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Arum seeks Pacquiao’s yearend foe

MANILA, Philippines—With divergent opinions as to whether or not Floyd Mayweather Jr. would make the perfect yearend foe for Manny Pacquiao. Top Rank chief Bob Arum has decided to look at yet another face—and possibly, in another weight division.

The 80-year-old American promoter said Pacquiao could be ranged against junior middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. late this year in what could be another classic Philippines-Mexico clash.

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Sarah gets hefty bonus

BOSS VIC DEL ROSARIO OF Viva Films refutes allegations that their major star Sarah Geronimo got only 500K as talent fee for her two blockbuster movies, “A Very Special Love” and “You Changed My Life,” both joint productions of Star Cinema and Viva.

A production insider says Boss Vic added enough moolah to make Sarah’s fee equal to her co-star John Lloyd Cruz. The amount remains undisclosed. He also gave Sarah a hefty bonus.

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