Philippines: Department of Education checking data breach after hacking

The Department of Education (DepEd) is examining its systems for possible data breaches after reports of hackers allegedly harvesting 750 gigabytes of data containing sensitive information on banking details, students, teachers and more. DeepWeb Konek, a collective of cybersecurity practitioners, Read More …

Philippines: Cyber attack on Overseas Workers Welfare Administration website foiled

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has prevented a cyber attack aimed at taking down the website of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). At the Saturday News Forum, DICT Undersecretary for Cybersecurity Jeff Ian Dy said the Read More …

Philippines to recruit ‘cyber warriors’ for online defence

The Philippine military is creating a cyber command to improve defences against almost daily cyber attacks and will relax recruitment rules to ensure it can attract online experts, the chief of the armed forces said on Thursday. Several government agencies, Read More …

Earth Estries Targets Government, Tech for Cyberespionage

Earlier this year, Trend Micro researchers discovered a new cyberespionage campaign by a hacker group we named Earth Estries. Based on their observations, Earth Estries has been active since at least 2020. The researchers also found some overlaps between the Read More …

Always Another Secret: Lifting the Haze on China-nexus Espionage in Southeast Asia

Mandiant Managed Defense recently identified cyber espionage activity that heavily leverages USB devices as an initial infection vector and concentrates on the Philippines. Mandiant tracks this activity as UNC4191 and we assess it has a China nexus. UNC4191 operations have Read More …

Earth Preta Spear-Phishing Governments Worldwide

Trend Micro researchers have been monitoring a wave of spear-phishing attacks targeting the government, academic, foundations, and research sectors around the world. Based on the lure documents researchers observed in the wild, this is a large-scale cyberespionage campaign that began Read More …

Philippines gov takes down passport application website amid privacy leak fears

The Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has disabled its online passport application tracker, citing a “data privacy issue” and hinting that information could have leaked. “The DFA’s IT Unit is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this issue and is Read More …

Meet Balikbayan Foxes: a threat group impersonating the Philippine gov’t

Proofpoint has uncovered a new, “highly active” threat group that is impersonating the Philippine government and businesses to spread Trojan malware. On Wednesday, researchers Selena Larson and Joe Wise said the threat actors, dubbed “Balikbayan Foxes” and tracked as TA2722, Read More …