Statement of Secretary Sonny Coloma, 4 October 2012

We wish to clarify the following news reports:

 

1) An online news report that the “Office of the President (www.president.gov.ph) sites (was) inaccessible as of 7:50 p.m., with visitors getting an error message” (from GMA news online).

 

2) “Other websites hacked or defaced since last week included pia.gov.ph – Philippine Information Agency” (from Philippine Daily Inquirer, 3 October 2012)

 

There was a scheduled systems maintenance of the President’s website that lasted for about 5 hours in the morning of 3 October. During this period, Facebook fans and Twitter followers of the President were duly re-directed and were able to use these social media channels without any interruption.

 

There was no actual defacement of the PIA website and at no time was there a service disruption. In the morning of 2 October, a hacker apparently got into the personal email account of one of the online editors and inserted a link that appeared in one of the posted stories.

 

This specific irregularity was addressed immediately.

 

We continue to adopt appropriate security measures to ensure the integrity of our websites.

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 13 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and media literacy and over 23 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.

She is a co-founder and a member of the editorial board of Blog Watch . She is a resource speaker on media literacy, social media , blogging, digital citizenship, good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and cyber safety.

Her personal blogs such as aboutmyrecovery.com (parenting) , pinoyfoodblog.com (recipes), techiegadgets.com (gadgets) and beautyoverfifty.net (lifestyle), benguetarabica.coffee keep her busy outside of Blog Watch.

Disclosure:

I am an advocate. I am NOT neutral. I will NOT give social media mileage to members of political clans, epal, a previous candidate for the same position and those I believe are a waste of taxpayers’ money.

I do not support or belong to any political party.

She was a Senior Consultant for ALL media engagements for the PCOO-led Committee on Media Affairs & Strategic Communications (CMASC) under the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council from January 4 -July 5, 2017. Having been an ASEAN advocate since 2011, she has written extensively about the benefits of the ASEAN community and as a region of opportunities on Blog Watch and aboutmyrecovery.com.

Organization affiliation includes Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation

Updated Juky 15, 2019

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