STATEMENT: Alternative media outfits under attack fight back

Opinion & Analysis Apr 12, 2019 at 3:29 pm

Marking the anniversary of the first ever internet connection in the Philippines, alternative media outifts are fighting back as they filed a civil complaint for damages against two companies found by experts to be the source of the relentless cyber-attacks against their websites.

“This is definitely a first and it will serve as a testament that we will neither be cowed nor will we allow these cyber-attacks to continue,” Rhea Padilla, AlterMidya – People’s Media Network national coordinator, said.

Since December 2018, the websites of alternative media outfits Bulatlat, Kodao Productions, Pinoy Weekly, and media organizations such as the AlterMidya – People’s Media Network and the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines have been subjected to sustained cyber-attacks in the form of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

DDoS refers to the malicious attempt to overload the server of a website, aimed to shut it down. Padilla said this kind of attack “denies legitimate readers of access to truthful reports.”

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