Anonymous has brought down the National Bureau of Investigation and Senate websites, it announced on OpPhilippines, a Twitter channel for Anonymous activities in the country. The sites were inaccessible as of 5:30 A.M. local time (Update at 9:40 A.M: Both sites appear to be back up).
Unlike previous attempts, which saw hackers break into and deface the websites, it’s more likely that this recent run was a DDoS attack, designed to render web services inaccessible to users.
Today’s attacks also carry extra significance: November 5 is the day of the Million Mask March, a global protest movement. In the Philippines, a public protest is scheduled to take place at 10 A.M. in Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City. The goal of the event is to unite citizens against corrupt government officials as well as the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which has been criticized for its potential to impede freedom of speech.
In Singapore, a hacker from Anonymous has also called for a public protest, although his attempts are far less coordinated due to the fact that Singaporeans are less likely to start spontaneous public demonstrations.
Protests have been illegal in Singapore for decades and while the government has recently opened up, it still only allows demonstrations in a small designated park. As such, there isn’t a culture for protests, and perhaps less need for them, given the Singapore government’s relatively cleaner politics.
(Editing by Charlie Custer)
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