ABS-CBN News website latest victim of cyberattack

Previous victims of DDoS attacks include websites of advocacy groups, alternative media and Senator Richard Gordon

The ABS-CBN News website is the latest victim of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, which left the news site unreachable for a total of six hours on Saturday, December 11.

Back online Saturday night, ABS-CBN said in a press release “Its news website has been the target of an ongoing Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack since this morning, rendering parts of it inaccessible.”

DDoS attacks use networks of devices to flood a site with requests, in order to overwhelm its servers and take it offline.

Prior to ABS-CBN News, websites of rights groups and alternative media marked in red were the targets.

Cyber ​​attacks against Altermidya and Bulatlat were traced to an Internet Protocol (IP) address assigned to the Philippine military. This was confirmed by the Philippine government itself, through a report from the Computer Emergency Response Team-Philippines, a unit under the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

In October, Senator Richard Gordon reported a DDoS attack on his personal website in the midst of his committee’s investigation of pandemic supply anomalies.

While its website was down, ABS-CBN News had to distribute its updates on its social media accounts.

“We are actively working to resolve the issue and restore our entire news website. We appreciate your patience, understanding and support, ”ABS-CBN said in a statement on Saturday.

ABS-CBN, the country’s largest broadcast network, is operating franchise-free after allies of President Rodrigo Duterte in the House of Representatives denied the network a renewal of its franchise. It was the first time that ABS-CBN had come off the air since the dictatorship of martial law.

Certain ABS-CBN programs may continue to be broadcast on free television through a partnership with Christian station A2Z and on its cable channel ANC. – Rappler.com