Gatchalian wants to initiate full-blown investigation into the possibility of cyber attack behind NAIA fiasco

Gatchalian wants to initiate full-blown investigation into the possibility of cyber attack behind NAIA fiasco

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian is requesting that the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) launch a thorough inquiry into the likelihood that the New Year airport incident was the result of a cyber attack.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) Undersecretary Alexander Ramos acknowledged during the most recent Senate hearing that no formal investigation has been conducted thus far that would rule out the possibility of a cyber attack in connection with the airport fiasco.

“Based on the communication submitted by CAAP to the Office of the Senate Committee on Public Services, the CICC has already ruled out cyber attack,” the senator said.

The CICC, however, was quick to correct the report, stating that the priority task assigned to them when they were called to help look into the urgent matter was only to assist CAAP in restoring the system to normalcy and they have not gone beyond the restoration process because the targets of their investigation were offline and off-grid.

“Now, the CICC is saying that the report ruling out cyber-attack is not conclusive while in an admission that the lack of tools and equipment is barring them to conduct a formal investigation,” Gatchalian said.

“May I suggest to CAAP Director General Manuel Tamayo to already initiate a formal investigation on the possibility of cyber-attack because the report is misleading and there is no formal investigation on the matter,” he stressed.

(ai/mtvn)

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