BAYAN MUNA SUPPORTS CASE VS ALTERNATIVE MEDIA CYBER-ATTACKERS
Bayan Muna chairman and Makabayan senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate, aired their support for the civil case filed by alternative media groups for damages against two companies found by experts to be the source of the relentless cyber-attacks against their websites.
“This is historic because it is the first time that alternative media sites are using the courts to fight back against cyber-attacks. This is especially significant in the light of the intensifying attacks on media by the Duterte administration,” said Colmenares.
Since December 2018, the websites of alternative media outfits Bulatlat, Kodao Productions, Pinoy Weekly, and media organizations such as the AlterMidya – People’s Media Network and the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines have been subjected to sustained cyber-attacks in the form of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
DDoS refers to the malicious attempt to overload the server of a website, aimed to shut it down.
Through the solid and thorough digital forensic investigation of Sweden-based Qurium Media Foundation over time, it was discovered that the cyber-attacks were coming from Philippine-based IP Converge and Hong Kong based Suniway.
Rep. Zarate meanwhile said that “it is good that these companies have been tracked and should be made to account. Press freedom should never be abridged whether it be online or offline.”
“We are one with alternative media and continuing the fight to expose the truth about the Duterte administration and its anti-people policies,” ended Colmenares.###