Palace officials warned vs hacking attempts

Not even Malacañang and its employees are exempt from being made to take the necessary precautions against hackers, a Palace aide said Saturday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said even they receive warnings and advice to secure their personal online accounts and to think twice before opening email attachments.

“We have taken standard precautions apart from coordination with the Department of Science and Technology and the various online administrators of our departments ... We called them the Web guys; they coordinate on a regular basis to inform each other of precautions,” Valte said on government-run dzRB radio.

The government has been tightening up security in the wake of recent online attacks, including attacks on its websites in the wake of a standoff with China at Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.

However, there are also more recent attacks that have disrupted the services of major companies, including one that compromised more than 400,000 passwords of Internet pioneer Yahoo.

Valte said they have received advice on how to secure websites and personal emails.

“We have gotten warnings form IT persons in government to check your email (even) if it’s from trusted source. Ang precaution sa amin is to double check if you sent email para iwasan ang malware (The precaution we were told to take is to double-check the email from the source if he or she indeed sent such a message),” she said.

“We have been cautioned to take more stringent measures to ensure the integrity of our emails, personal accounts, individual accounts, and also of government websites,” she added. — TJD, GMA News

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