Published: Thursday March 14, 2013 MYT 5:24:00 PM
Updated: Thursday March 14, 2013 MYT 5:53:26 PM
Lahad Datu: Angry Filipino hackers turn on their Government
By PATRICK LEE
PETALING JAYA: Filipino hackers have attacked several Filipino Government websites over the Sabah crisis, accusing President Benigno Aquino III's administration of "mishandling" the matter.
Represented by Anonymous Philippines, the hackers first attacked Aquino's official website, posting a message there.
A statement on several defaced websites read: "...We expected you to appropriately and judiciously act...but you failed us. You did nothing while our fellow brothers were being butchered by the Malaysian forces."
They also accused the Filipino Government of not investigating alleged human rights abuses by security forces along Sabah's east coast, a claim denied by Putrajaya.
"If you can't act on the issue as the Philippines' President, at least do something as a fellow Filipino. We are watching," the message said.
According to the Philippine Inquirer, the attack on Aquino's website was believed to have started on Thursday at 1.30am.
Though since restored, many other Government websites are still defaced as of Thursday evening.
The attacks come ten days after both Malaysian and Filipino hackers called for a ceasefire following a three-day cyber war.
The two communities defaced up to two hundred websites belonging to each others' countries, hours after Sulu gunmen and security forces engaged in gun battles outside Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu.
More than sixty people, including ten Malaysian soldiers and police officers, have been killed since the Sulu gunmen clashed with security forces on Mac 1.