Sen. Gordon’s official website hacked

Sen. Gordon’s official website hacked

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Richard J. Gordon’s official website has fallen
victim to a coordinated online attack last Oct. 4, causing the site to
shut down for several hours.

Myke Cruz, information technology officer of Gordon’s office, made the
report as the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee which the Senator chairs
pursues its probe into the alleged anomalous government’s procurement
deals.

“We view such service outage or disruption as a serious concern as its
timing comes when the Senate Blue Ribbon panel is investigating
alleged irregularities in government procurement for COVID-19 supplies
and equipment,” he said.

According to him, a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack,
usually patched through the dark web by nefarious individuals in
exchange for a high price was the cause of the web services shutdown
from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Administrators of dickgordon.ph were able to contain the problem by
barring entry of traffic from outside the Philippines at around 1
p.m., but the foreign-led attack persisted until 3:04 p.m.

Past instances have linked DDoS attacks to destabilizing the online
presence of an opposing party.

Traffic requests to Gordon’s website primarily came from China, the
United States, Ukraine, and other Southeast Asian countries, causing
the usual bandwidth traffic to rise dramatically from less than 100MB
to almost 1.8GB within an hour’s span.

“Ang nangyari, puwede mo ihalintulad sa sari-sari store, na usually
may regular na bilang ng customers na bumibili sa loob ng isang
minuto. Ngayon, biglang dinumog ng lahat ng residente ng Metro Manila
ang sari-sari store para bumili, kaya di lahat matutugunan on time,”
explained Cruz.

The botnet owner, the originator of the attack, usually develops a
malicious software or malware distributed through email or website
attachments.

Owners of these infected computers unknowingly host this malware,
which the attacker adds to the botnet to simultaneously make requests
on a specific website or cloud service.

As the servers are only capable of entertaining a certain number of
simultaneous requests per second, it may cause the server to reach its
computing resource, creating a bottleneck.

Earlier, Gordon has cautioned the public to be more discriminate about
disinformation and fake news being propagated from pro-administration
pages on Facebook and Google (YouTube) meant to discredit him and
other senators.

Gordon’s social media pages have also been pestered by “trolls” as he
pursues the Senate probe into the alleged anomalous government
procurement of COVID-19 medical supplies and equipment with Pharmally
Pharmaceutical Corporation.

These “trolls” have parroted President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s baseless
allegations against Gordon through ready-made comments and spliced
videos attacking him and rehashing long-settled issues in the
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority
(SBMA).

Duterte also ordered his Cabinet officials not to cooperate in the
ongoing Senate inquiry which has linked former presidential economic
adviser Michael Yang to the company, which is being called out for
questionable financial, technical, and legal capacity. (ai/mtvn)

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