AFP, DOST mount DDoS attacks against alternative media


Sweden-based cybersecurity watchdog Qurium Media exposed in a report last June 22 that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) were behind the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against the websites of Bulatlat, Altermidya and Karapatan. The attacks began mid-May and peaked in June, and continue until today. The websites were flooded with millions of requests to render their services unavailable.

These were mounted simultaneously with DDoS attacks on the Philippine Revolution Web Central (PRWC at which resulted in intermittent service disruptions. The AFP also used fake Twitter accounts to push for temporary suspension of the handle of the CPP (@prwc_info) and permanent ban on the handle of its information officer (@marco_cpp).

According to Qurium, the attacks were traced to IP addresses linked to an office of the military in Taguig City, and to the Philippine Research, and Government Information Network of the DOST. The Congress is now pushing to investigate the attacks.

Meanwhile, unauthorized elements hijacked the membership application of 1Sambayan during the second week of June. The group believes that their political rivals orchestrated the attack.

AFP, DOST mount DDoS attacks against alternative media