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U.P. Visayas website down after defacement

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:39 PM

The UP Visayas website defacement is the latest in a string of cyberattacks targeting schools

The coronavirus pandemic moved life online – a surge in website defacing followed

Jun 06, 2020 - 8:17 AM

A consequence of people staying home and online is an increase in targets for cybercriminals, especially by those seeking to deface websites

DEFACEMENT. Website defacing can shut down businesses that have moved online during the coronavirus pandemic. Image by Siriporn Kaenseeya/EyeEm via Getty Images for The Conversation

Ad-free news startup Scroll launches

Jan 29, 2020 - 1:51 PM

Scroll provides an ad-free reading experience – and some additional perks – for visitors to its its partnered news websites for a $5 monthly subscription

Health websites in UK share data with advertisers – Financial Times

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The Financial Times says Google's advertising arm DoubleClick is by far the most common destination for the data, while a health website caught up in the process is the British Heart Foundation

Filipino netizens fume over Lonely Planet video featuring Banaue Rice Terraces

Apr 01, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) The video, which has since been taken down, said the terraces were 'first built around 2,000 years ago by the Chinese'

LONELY PLANET VIDEO. The travel guide earns the ire of Filipino netizens over this claim in a social media video. Screenshot from Lonely Planet

30 out of 44 PH politicians' websites insecure – report

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Comparitech checks the personal websites of over 7,500 politicians in 37 countries to see if they were using HTTPS to secure their sites

‘Small business website security paradox’ threatens SMEs online – report

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Small business owners may lack the knowledge and the right allocation of funds to fully secure their website

Global task force helps save 240 child sex victims

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Victim Identification Task Force of Europol, with the help of law enforcers around world, rescues over 240 victims of child sex abuse and arrests almost 100 offenders since 2014

NEDA launches good governance website

Aug 01, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The Philippines' rankings in ease of doing business, economic freedom, and global competitiveness are just some of the data accessible on the website

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

How a Macedonian town became a 'fake news' epicenter

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Violeta, a mother of two, explains of her side job writing fake news for websites by saying, 'When one is hungry, one doesn't have the luxury to think about democratic progress'

VELES, MACEDONIA. A person walks on a bridge in the city of Veles on June 12, 2018. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Palawan, Cebu on 2018 World’s Best Islands list

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The two islands are no strangers to Travel + Leisure’s annual ranking

PALAWAN. Limestone rocks and bright blue waters make up the trademark view from Kayangan Lake, a top tourist site in Coron, Palawan. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Google to invest $550 million in China e-commerce giant

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:59 PM

The announcement comes as the US giant is pushing Google Shopping, a platform allowing customers to compare prices between different sellers, which poses a challenge to Amazon

Ahead of a decision, Supreme Court removes Sereno from website

Jun 08, 2018 - 5:16 PM

At the Supreme Court’s 117th anniversary celebration, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says the public should accept Sereno’s ouster ‘because that’s how we can move on’

REMOVED. Supreme Court removes from its website ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Microsoft buying GitHub for $7.5 billion

Jun 04, 2018 - 11:56 PM

Subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory review, the deal is expected to be finalized by the end of the year, Microsoft says in a statement on its website

Microsoft to acquire Github – report

Jun 04, 2018 - 12:02 PM

Despite Github being valued by investors at $2 billion in 2015, the company appears to prefer being bought out to going public

Pornhub launches VPNhub, its own virtual private network service

May 25, 2018 - 3:42 PM

A VPN encrypts the data sent and received by those connecting to it, allowing users to surf with further anonymity online

VPNHUB. Pornhub gets its own virtual private network service. Image from

In the UK, 'porn passes' will be required to view adult websites

May 14, 2018 - 12:28 PM

The 'porn pass' serves as proof-of-age, and will be be sold at newsstands in the UK

Jollibee suspends Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon delivery websites

May 09, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Another Jollibee-owned chain, Burger King Philippines, will continue to operate as it's 'on a different platform.' Mang Inasal, on the other hand, doesn't have its own delivery website

Online myth busters fight tide of fake news in India

Apr 23, 2018 - 12:40 PM

It is a herculean task exposing fake news before it spreads like wildfire in India, where an estimated quarter of a billion people use Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media platforms

INDIA'S HOAX PROBLEM. In this file photo taken on August 29, 2017 Indian men use their mobile phones after local autorithies shut down internet services in the state of Punjab during the unrest by followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh during his trial and sentencing, in Amritsar. File photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

LOOK: Facebook blocks websites believed to be peddling fake news

Apr 14, 2018 - 7:58 PM

At least 10 websites are already blocked on the social media platform

Pinoy Lulzsec attacks local, foreign government sites

Apr 03, 2018 - 3:33 PM

A number of local government websites and site pages from foreign governments are affected

Passwords: Security, vulnerability, constraints

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Technological progress has made brute-force password-search tools, like 'John the Ripper' extremely effective. As a result, attackers can find passwords fairly easily by following their electronic fingerprints.

How secure is your password? Avi Richards/Unsplash

German jailed for running neo-Nazi website

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:15 PM

'Altermedia Deutschland' had been one of Germany's most popular online platforms for the far-right, attracting some 5 million visitors

China has shut down 13,000 websites since 2015 – Xinhua

Dec 24, 2017 - 5:47 PM

The news comes as the Communist country continues to strengthen its already tight regulation of the internet

VIDEO BANS. A man uses a computer in an internet cafe in Beijing on June 1, 2017. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Human Rights Watch says website blocked in Egypt after torture report

Sep 08, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Egypt has blocked at least 429 websites including some belonging to media outlets and civil society groups since May the Egyptian group Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression reports

'Lei Miserables': Editor notes mistakenly published in PNA articles

Sep 08, 2017 - 4:32 PM

UPDATED The Philippine News Agency is panned for errors on their website once again

GoDaddy launches new website builder, eyes PH expansion

Jul 12, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The world s top website hosting firm also maintains a BPO office in the country with the number of employees there seen to double in the next couple of years

Gov't websites in Ohio, Maryland hacked with pro-ISIS messages

Jun 26, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Posted on the websites is a message from a group calling itself Team System DZ vowing revenge against US President Donald Trump

CBCP guide lists websites peddling fake news

Jun 24, 2017 - 4:00 PM

A guide issued by the CBCP tags at least 29 websites for carrying fake or unverified contents

Hackers steal data of 95,000 job seekers at McDonald's Canada

Apr 03, 2017 - 6:46 PM

After the breach the fast food chain asks job seekers to apply in person

MCHACKED. The fast food chain got a taste of a data breach

Norway 'anti-troll' site quizzes readers before commenting

Mar 03, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The quiz gauges whether the reader actually read the article or not

Why pre-flight preps matter

Jan 31, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Planning a trip isn’t just about booking the cheapest flight Ensure that your next travels are comfortable and safe with these tips

Some porn sites blocked in PH

Jan 14, 2017 - 9:00 PM

A message saying that these sites have been blocked in accordance with the Anti Child Pornography Law loads on screen instead

Senators slam PH intel agency for using fake site as source

Oct 17, 2016 - 6:00 PM

UPDATED If that is the state of intelligence in the country we really are in trouble says Senator Richard Gordon as the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency submits a faulty report

North Korea accidentally opens up its Internet to the world – reports

Sep 21, 2016 - 7:27 PM

The incident reveals that North Korea s Internet only has 28 websites

RESTRICTED ACCESS. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 27, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un looking at a computer as he inspects a shelling drill of a long-range artillery sub-unit tasked to hit major targets in the southwestern waters at undisclosed place in North Korea. AFP Photo/KCNA via KNS Republic of Korea

Kickass Torrents may be down, but its clones are online

Jul 22, 2016 - 8:16 PM

These torrent site clones take the look and feel – and supposedly the repository of torrent uploads – of Kickass Torrents back onto the Internet

Comelec faces complaint over leak of voters' data

Jun 17, 2016 - 8:44 PM

Ex NSCB head Jose Ramon Albert asks the National Privacy Commission to compel the Comelec to properly inform each of the 55 million voters about the leak of their personal information

File photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

EU warns against curbing companies such as Uber

Jun 03, 2016 - 10:55 AM

Absolute bans of an activity should only be a measure of last resort says the European Commission

epa05341739 EU Commissioner in charge of Internal Market, Industry, Elzbieta Bienkowska of Poland, gives a press conference on collaborative economy in Brussels Belgium, 02 June January 2016. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

Davao gov't websites defaced by Pinoy Hackers group

May 06, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Calling themselves Pinoy Hackers the group tells people not to allow their votes to amount to nothing

PINOY HACKERS. Site defacements occur a few days ahead of the Philippine elections. Screen shot of

Comelec told: Explain, act on data leak in 24 hours

Apr 25, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Ex NSCB head Jose Ramon Albert and CenterLaw Philippines will file an administrative complaint against the poll body with the National Privacy Commission after the 24 hour deadline

DEMAND LETTER. Lawyer Romel Bagares of CenterLaw Philippines and their client Dr. Jose Ramon Albert explain on Monday, April 25, their decision to write a demand letter to the Comelec following the massive data leak last March. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Comelec leak a 'gross betrayal of public trust' – IT groups

Apr 23, 2016 - 10:42 PM

In a forum IT groups push for increased vigilance not only in personal privacy matters but also in the 2016 national and local elections

COMELEC LEAK. Rick Bahague reacts to Comelec's response on the data leak of voter records during a forum at Commune cafe in Makati City on Saturday, April 23. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Data leak enough to impeach Comelec execs – lawyers

Apr 23, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Cyberlaw and data privacy lawyers list down other cases that may also be filed to hold Comelec – and the hackers – accountable

ACCOUNTABILITY. Lawyer Toby Purisima discusses the Comelec's possible liabilities in a forum on the leak of voters' personal information on Saturday, April 23. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Advice from banks: How to prevent identity theft

Apr 22, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The weakest link in a social network is the one person who did not protect himself or herself


After Comelec data leak, what to do to protect yourself?

Apr 21, 2016 - 11:09 PM

Be aware of the risks now that your personal information is out there IT and data privacy experts warn Here are some tips

Commissioner Guanzon on Comelec leak: Who's at fault?

Apr 21, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon also appeals to hackers: Sige na you na Ikaw na yun Genius na kayo Tama na

HACKER ARRESTED. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista (center) on April 21, 2016, presents the suspected hacker of the poll body's website. Hours later, the Comelec draws flak for the huge data leak after the hacking. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Fresh grad, 23, admits hacking Comelec site

Apr 21, 2016 - 11:12 AM

3rd UPDATE Philippine investigators say the IT graduate was arrested in his house in Sampaloc Manila in the evening of April 20

FINALLY CAUGHT. The suspected hacker of the Comelec website is seen in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation on April 21, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DZMM website defaced, database possibly leaked

Apr 18, 2016 - 10:01 PM

A Facebook post on the Anonymous Philippines page dated 8:47 pm Monday acknowledges the website defacement Meanwhile Bloodsec posts a link to what they claim is the leaked database of DZMM

DZMM DEFACED. A screenshot of the DZMM website at around 9:15 pm.

Is Comelec liable for website data leak?

Apr 11, 2016 - 9:45 AM

A data privacy lawyer believes the poll body could be sued for failing to protect personal information However a former Comelec lawyer argues that liability depends on the nature of the leaked data

Internet security image from Shutterstock

Comelec data leak puts Filipino voters 'at risk' – Trend Micro

Apr 08, 2016 - 9:05 PM

Supporting Rappler s initial findings the international Internet security company’s own probe reveals that a huge amount of sensitive personal information was in the files leaked by the Comelec website hackers