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    Digital Activism or Cyber Threat? Philippine Science Department Grapples with Hacker Intrusion

    In a sophisticated cyber assault that has raised alarms about the vulnerability of government digital infrastructure, the Department of Science and Technology in the Philippines was targeted by hackers, resulting in the temporary shutdown of three key websites.

    The breach, which was confirmed by DOST Secretary Renato Solidum Jr., is currently under investigation by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

    The local hacking collective known as Ph1ns has taken credit for the attack, framing it as an act of digital activism. While the motives behind the attack remain under scrutiny, DICT officials have suggested that it could be either a ransomware scheme or politically motivated.

    In a statement delivered via Zoom, DICT spokesperson Assistant Secretary Renato “Aboy” Paraiso emphasized that the initial messages from the attackers had a political tone, hinting at the possibility of hacktivism or a more malicious intent.

    Despite the severity of the breach, Paraiso assured that no sensitive data had been compromised. The DICT has managed to restore a portion of the affected system, though access to the DOST’s own website remains blocked.

    Paraiso downplayed the impact of the attack, noting that it did not involve personal data from the public but rather internal data pertaining to the DOST, including proposals for inventions and their associated backups.

    The full extent of the cyber intrusion is still being evaluated, with authorities working diligently to ascertain the scope of the damage and to prevent future incidents. This event underscores the ongoing challenges faced by institutions in safeguarding their digital domains against increasingly bold and sophisticated cyber threats.