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NTC Website Hacked Over Sorry State Of Philippine Internet

Talk about sending a message.
by Neps Firmalan | Sep 21, 2015
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Talk about sending a message.

Yesterday, the website of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)the government agency tasked with the supervision of telecommunications services (and, by extension, mobile Internet) in the countrywas hacked.

Instead of the usual interface, site visitors were greeted by this dark look:

NTC hackedImage via Abs-cbnnews.com

Not shy about their exploits, hacker group Anonymous Philippines, in their message on the NTC's website, claimed responsibility for the deed. Their main beef? Slow Internet speeds here in the Philippines.

Here's their statement that was posted on the website:

"We, Anonymous Philippines, are sympathizing with our fellow Filipino netizens whose battle cries are the ‘OVER PROMISED, UNDER DELIVERED’ system of our internet service providers; it is the neigh direct proportionality of our internet speeds and bandwidths in relation to price. We, as a country, suffer on the bottom of the internet pyramid having one of the lowest internet speeds while paying the same amount, or even higher, compared to other countries; adding DATA CAPPING to our ‘UNLIMITED’ data plans sums up to our great burden as an avid follower of the internet – for studies and such."

The hacker group also included the Gloc-9 song "Upuan" which played on-repeat during the hacking. However, it looks like the government's IT experts and troubleshooters are already hard at work at restoring the website as it currently cannot be accessed.

This is certainly not the first time an online portal of a government agency was hacked (DOH, anyone?), but it really does send a strong message regarding the sorry state of Philippine Internet.

We don't support hacking but, you have to admit, we can all relate to Anonymous Philippines' #hugot. We've all been there.

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