Philippines’ cybersecurity failures exposed as hackers leak state secrets, people’s data

All it apparently took for one Philippine hacker to break into a government website was “Admin123” – a password that reflects what experts say is the authorities’ lax attitude towards cybersecurity that not only leaves millions of Filipinos vulnerable to identity theft but has exposed some of the country’s top military secrets. On October 3, hackers released a massive trove of personal data from the servers of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), after the state insurer refused to pay a ransom of US$300,000.

The breach affected millions of people, including domestic residents and overseas Filipino workers in places such as Hong Kong.

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Source: South China Morning Post