A healthcare website of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) was hacked by “LordDemon” hours ahead of a major pro-life prayer vigil against the Reproductive Health Bill.
“The Internet vandals defaced the homepage of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Health Care site, dedicated to promote the agency’s ministry for caring multiple-handicapped people and the mentally ill,” the CBCP said in its news site.
“HackEd BY LordDem0n EgYpT!0n – H4Ck3r … Your Security Can Not Face Us !!!” the cyber vandals wrote.
The website is hosted by Mabuhay Web Hosting Philippines and managed by the CBCPWord Corp, a church-based internet service provider.
Hernani Ramos, website administrator, said the hackers could have cracked the security code late Friday night or Saturday morning.
The site was restored before noon Saturday.
The El Shaddai group and several anti-RH bill organizations were set to gather Saturday night for a prayer vigil in Parañaque City to oppose the legislation, which the Catholic Church sees as pro-abortion with its promotion of artificial method of birth control.
Monsignor Pedro Quitorio III, CBCP Media Office director, could not say who may be behind the hacking as he downplayed the incident’s linkage to the hotly debated RH bill.
“I don’t see that the incident is related to the pro-life (stand of the Catholic Church) because if that were the case then they should have attacked the site of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life,” Quitorio said.
“I don’t think that they have a political or ideological agenda,” he said, adding: “It‘s just a way for the hackers to show who is better… The kids nowadays are good, I suspect this was done by computer geeks who are just trying to discover new things.”