Juctice Secretary Leila de Lima orders NBI to probe on hackers. - Photo by inquirer.net
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima orders NBI to probe on hackers. – Photo by inquirer.net

Manila – Secretary Leila de Lima on Tuesday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) through its Cybercrime division to investigate on the recently hacking incidents on 38 government sites last November 3, this year.

The said investigation shall be based under the e-commerce law since the Cybercrime Prevention Law is still unimplemented due a restraining order from the Supreme Court.

A particular provision in the E-Commerce act states that hacking is a criminal offense; therefore, all those found guilty on the said activity will be punished in accordance with the law.

Under Section 33 of the said act, hacking or the unauthorized access into a computer system in order to corrupt, alter or steal information shall be punished by a minimum fine of Php100,000.00 and a mandatory imprisonment within three to six months.

Among the 38 government agencies paralyzed by the said hacking was the office of the Ombudsman which handles the case of the Pork barrel scam and the Malampaya scam.

As posted on the Anonymous Philippines hackers’ Facebook page, three of the sites hacked last Sunday were the Philippine Embassy to Seoul, the Insurance Commission, and Optical Media Board while the rest were both local and national government agencies.

As of now, the affected agencies are doing efforts to retrieve their sites and prevent further disruption on providing service to the public while the Department of Science and Technology –Information and Communication Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) is now working on developing programs to prevent government websites from being hacked. (Ma. Meta D. Aboga, ABCom/LNU)