Asian governments have been keeping themselves quite busy with hackers’ activities this week. While Singapore is dealing with an individual (or group of individuals) called “The Messiah” who claims to represent the Anonymous collective, the Philippine government is now dealing with similar intrusions by a group claiming to be be part of the same group.
We received word today that a total of seven Filipino government sites have been hacked by Anonymous collective. Just like what happened in Singapore, the group posted a video and a message on the hacked websites explaining the reasons behind this attack. The video essentially says that the government hasn’t been at their best in providing what the people wish for. The message says:
The government, in many ways, has failed its Filipino citizens. We have been deprived of things which they have promised to give; what our late heroes have promised us to give. Let us remind the government that fairness, justice and freedom are more than words. They are perspectives.
The group also said that there will be a “movement” happening on November 5th called the “million mask march” and that this group of Anonymous collective “will try to be a part of the history” (sic). The YouTube video link directs people to access three sites: a Facebook event page, million mask march site, and Anonymous Philippines’ site.
Million mask march itself asks people to gather in locations all over the world in an expression of solidarity against oppression and despotism.
Those who are familiar with the Singapore incident might also be familiar about that date: it is the same date where “The Messiah” asks Singaporean citizens to start a public protest by dressing in black and red as well as blacking out their Facebook profile pictures.
This act of hacking in the Philippines seems to come from a different group of hackers who are supporting The Messiah’s act in Singapore. The Philippine government hasn’t been at its best in recent times, and citizens have taken up the task of scrutinizing the government using social media.
Up until the time of writing, five out of the seven Filipino government websites are still being hacked. Here’s a list of sites:
Here is the full message posted on those sites:
Greetings citizens of the Philippines. We are Anonymous.
We apologize for this inconvenience, but this is the only easiest way we could convey our message to you, our dear brothers and sisters who are tired of this cruelty and this false democracy, tired of this government and the politicians who only think about themselves.
The government, in many ways, has failed its Filipino citizens.
We have been deprived of things which they have promised to give; what our late heroes have promised us to give.
Let us remind the government that fairness, justice and freedom are more than words. They are perspectives.
A march is happening, a revolution. A way to speak, a way to be heard.
On the fifth day of November, 2013, we will try to be a part of the history.
But of course there are those who do not want us to speak, and those who have doubts.
You can sleep, sit, go on with your everyday routine just like a herd of sheep and watch as the government laugh at you.
But if you see what we see, if you feel as we feel, and if you would seek as we seek… then we ask you to stand beside us, this fifth of November outside Batasang Pambansa and let us march our way to freedom – a freedom from the shackles of the Government.
You have been called; and by watching, you have been chosen.
To the “incorrupt” officials of the government, we are challenging you!
The Corrupt – Fear us.
The Honest – Support us.
The Heroic – Join us.
We are Anonymous.
We are ONE.
The government, you are NONE.
We are legion.
On the 5th of November, Government – Hear and understand us, or EXPECT US!
(Editing by Terence Lee)