Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Website of group who sponsored Morong 43 training hacked

The website of a health NGO who sponsored the training of the ‘Morong 43’ was hacked recently. Council for Health and Development’s website, a repository of news, features, and publications of community-based health programs and people’s health issues in the Philippines, was attacked by a hacker and added “ZeuS Botnet” – a dangerous malicious application used to commit financial and identity theft against online transaction users.

“The attack on Council for Health and Development’s website is another attempt to harass community-based health programs following the illegal arrest and detention of the Morong 43,” Sr. Edith Eslopor, OSB, chairperson of CHD’s Board of Trustees said.

Council for Health and Development is a non-government organization comprised of more than 50 community-based health programs in the country and one of the groups who sponsored the First Responders’ Health Training in Morong, Rizal where 43 health workers were illegally arrested on February 6 this year.

“Aside from using the group’s website to perform fraudulent schemes and other web-based malicious activities, the hacker has clear intentions of committing illegal activities at the expense of legitimate organizations such as CHD,” Eslopor added.

Eslopor reiterated that their group viewed the hacking as an attempt to discredit CHD’s legitimacy and maliciously taint their credibility to the public. “Whoever is behind this dastardly act will not succeed in dragging our institution into malicious schemes,” she added.

Reference:
Eleanor A. Jara, M.D.

Executive Director, Council for Health and Development
0917 978 9297 / (632) 929 8109

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