Democracy.Net.PH Statement on the Hacking of the LGPMS Database of the DILG

Democracy.Net.PH expresses its disappointment with the government for failing to secure critical Internet and information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure.

Barely a week after Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad announced the launch of National Payroll System, a component of the larger Government Human Resource Information System (GHRIS), a Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) database has succumbed to cyberattack. This brings to stark relief the government’s lack of readiness in securing our critical infrastructure even as it moves toward integrating the administration of government salaries and benefits.

The recent cyberattack on the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS) of the DILG, allegedly by the group “Anonymous Leyte”, which resulted in the exposure of more than five thousand usernames, email addresses, and password hashes of various local government officials and offices nationwide, underscores emphatically the need for government to secure critical networks and ICT infrastructure. The compromise of a government database is no laughing matter and is not an issue to be swept under the rug of bureaucratic apathy; the incident is a clarion call for government to establish Internet and ICT policy that protects Philippine citizenry through security of critical infrastructure, which includes government ICT networks and systems.

Democracy.Net.PH calls on the Executive branch of government to support the passage of the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (#MCPIF) through Congress, to ensure for the Philippines a holistic framework of rights, governance, development, and security for our country and our people. We urge the Executive to consider recommending the #MCPIF as a priority measure for Congress’ consideration.

There must be a sense of urgency in the debates, discussions, and passage of the #MCPIF through Congress. Let us not wait until it is too late, and our people suffer through greater damage through careless inaction.