THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Thursday that it is investigating at least 20 suspected hackers and cybercriminals behind the recent attacks on state-run websites and is ready to apprehend them as soon as it secures arrest warrants.
This came as the Department of National Defense (DND) said that it will assist concerned government agencies in pursuing cybercriminals. Malacañang, meanwhile, gave assurances that government websites are secure against cyber attacks, which Sen. Edgardo Angara said had served to justify Republic Act (RA) No. 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
“The time of cybercriminals and hackers, [particularly those who attacked government websites], is now over. The bureau will arrest them anytime,” said Joey Narciso, special investigator of the NBI Computer Crime Division.
He also said that the bureau’s special investigators are equipped with knowledge and skills in detecting hackers and cybercriminals.
“We have several ways, such as technical and intelligence gathering, to arrest these hackers,” Narciso said. “We do not need high-tech facilities. All we need is the Internet. It will help us to locate the hackers.”
The Defense department said that it is coordinating with the NBI and DOJ on the matter.
“The DND has been monitoring this. We will be supporting appropriate agencies in whatever manner the department may be asked to assist regarding the matter,” Defense spokesman Peter Paul Galvez said.
Expressing belief that hacking is a threat, Galvez also said that the DND has set up its own firewall to protect its website from being attacked, and encouraged other government agencies to do the same.
The spokesman assured that the systems of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are adequately prepared against cyber intruders.
Herminio “Sonny” Coloma, chief of the Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary, also assured that all government websites will be protected from cyberattacks.
“We continue to adopt appropriate security measures to ensure the integrity of our websites.” Coloma said. He added that specific irregularities in these sites were addressed immediately.
Meanwhile, leading Filipino bloggers, bloggers organizations and netizens filed a petition before the Supreme Court to nullify the cybercrime law.
The latest petitioners include Aaron Erick Lozada, Gerard Adrian Magnaye, Jose Reginald Ramos, Ma. Rosario Juan, Anthony Ian Cruz, Marcelo Landicho, Benjamin Noel Espina, Marck Ronald Rimorin, Julius Rocas and Oliver Richard Robillo.