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3 more news sites under cyberattack – NUJP

/ 05:08 AM March 17, 2022
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MANILA, Philippines — Three news sites involved in fact-checking initiatives became the recent targets of cyberattacks, the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) said on Wednesday.

Mindanao Gold Star Daily in Cagayan de Oro, as well as the Manila-based Interaksyon and PressOne.PH, came under distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks that flooded their sites with online traffic in order to disrupt their servers.

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The three sites are currently involved in campaigns to flag fake news and fact-check election-related content. The NUJP denounced the attacks as “a threat to press freedom and the free flow of information, both of which are vital during the election season.”

Similar DDOS attacks were earlier directed at Rappler, ABS-CBN, and Vera Files.

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Rappler, in particular, has been under continuous DDOS attacks since January and has taken mitigation measures to keep the site up, NUJP said.

Swedish digital forensics nonprofit Qurium Media recently traced the attacks on Rappler, ABS-CBN ad Vera Files to “Pinoy Vendetta,” a hacker group that once earned praise from the government’s antiinsurgency task force.

It noted that DDOS attacks on Philippine news sites had “became more frequent” since December 2021.

Media outfits Bulatlat and Kodao Productions and the human rights watchdog Karapatan have also been targetted.

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