Andanar claims latest PNA gaffe a cyber attack, ploy to embarrass president

Image from Martin Andanar's Facebook account
  • He said they have already enlisted the NBI to help track down the perpetrators
  • He also said cyber attack meant to embarrass the president

MANILA, Philippines  –  Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the latest gaffe by the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) involving the inadvertent publication of editorial screenshots was the result of a cyber attack.

“Ganito ‘no. Friday, merong — nagkaroon kami ng cyber attack noong Friday,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying. “Nitong Friday na nakita nung sa IP namin na merong isang IP address na pilit pinapasok iyong lumang dashboard. Kasi may lumang website ‘di ba? Iyong lumang dashboard pilit pinapasok nung IP address na ito.”

[Last Friday, there was–we encountered a cyberattack last Friday. On Friday, we saw that there was another IP address that was trying to enter the old dashboard. There’s an old website, right? The IP address was trying to get into the old dashboard.]

Andanar said they have already enlisted the help of the National Bureau of Investigation to help track down the perpetrators.

“So what is the reason for you, para sa isang tao na pasukin iyong lumang dashboard na hindi na ginagamit, bakit alam niya iyon. Kasi sa lumang dashboard makikita mo iyong mga palpak noong Philippine News Agency, puwede mong i-trace iyon ‘di ba,” he said. “So ngayon pinapaimbestigahan ngayon sa National Bureau of Investigation Cybercrime Division.”

[So what is the reason for a person to enter the old dashboard that isn’t being used, why did that person know about that. Because on the old dashboard, you can see the blunders of the PNA, you can trace those, right? So now we’re having it investigated by the NBI Cybercrime Division.]

Andanar also claimed the attack may be aimed at embarrassing President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration.

“Sino ba iyong ibang gustong gibain dito kung hindi ako, eventually the President, hindi ba. Siyempre under ng PCOO itong PNA so ang dami nating ginagawang reporma, tapos gustong pilit gibain iyong PNA. So, meron talagang gustong gibain ako,” he said.

[Who else would they want to destroy besides me, eventually the President? The PNA is under the PCOO and we are trying to make a lot of reforms, but they are striving to destroy PNA. Someone really wants to destroy me.]

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