Anonymous brought down two Philippine government websites this morning, the National Bureau of Investigation and Senate sites.
It announced on Op Philippines, its Twitter channel in the country.
Today’s hackings carry extra significance because November 5 is the day of the worldwide Million Mask March, a public protest scheduled in the Philippines for 10 a.m. in Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.
The goal of the protest is to unite the people against corrupt government officials and the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which has been criticized for censoring freedom of speech.
The two websites were inaccessible as of 5:30 a.m. local time, but the Senate site appeared to be back up by 9:40 a.m., according a techinasia.com report.
Anonymous is a loose association of international activists and hacktivists known for a series of well-publicized hacks into government, religious and corporate sites. The hactivist group has made headline news in recent days with hackings in several Asian countries. A worldwide organization in many countries including Anonymous Philippines, Singapore Messiah and Anonymous Indonesia.
The group originated in 2003 on the forum board 4chan, representing the concept of many online and offline community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain. Anonymous members (known as “Anons”) can be distinguished in public by the wearing of Guy Fawkes masks in the style portrayed in the graphic novel and film V for Vendetta.
In its early form, the concept was adopted by a decentralized online community acting anonymously in a coordinated manner, usually toward a loosely self-agreed goal, and primarily focused on entertainment, or “lulz”. Beginning with 2008’s Project Chanology—a series of protests, pranks, and hacks targeting the Church of Scientology—the Anonymous collective became increasingly associated with collaborative hacktivism on a number of issues internationally.
Individuals claiming to align themselves with Anonymous undertook locations 2013: UK, Los Angles, Denver, Melbourne, Seattle and Philippines
In the Philippine, Marlene Aguilar’s social media group is calling for a nationwide protest against the Philippines’ government on Jan 25, 2014. The Marlene Aguilar Facebook group is calling for a nationwide protest on January 25 of 2014, tagged as the biggest Philippine protest march, early next year. A Million Mask March protests and other actions in retaliation against copyright-focused campaigns by motion picture and recording industry trade associations.