gov.ph Hacker Convicted, Pleads Guilty

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Court grants Filipino hacker probation after guilty plea
(INQ7.NET):

Filipino hacker JJ Maria Giner pleaded guilty on Wednesday to hacking the government portal “gov.ph” and other government websites, making this the first Philippine hacking case to have ended in a conviction, the Department of Justice (DoJ) said.

According to Criminal Case No. 419672-CR filed at Branch 14 of the Metropolitan Trial Court of Manila under Judge Rosalyn Mislos-Loja, a copy which was shown to INQ7.net, Giner was sentenced to one to two years of imprisonment and will pay a fine of 100,000 pesos.

However, Giner immediately applied for probation, which was eventually granted by the court during Wednesday’s arraignment, the DoJ said.

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  • What exactly did he do? Deface lang?

  • Ahh DOS pala. I thought hacking meant breaking into restricted areas. With DOS, you’re not really breaking into something right? You’re still outside.

  • Here’s an article. I know from insiders that he was engaged in cross-site scripting and not just DoS.

    Hacker of RP gov’t portal in hiding, says police

    Government prosecutors say that the suspected Filipino hacker attempted to deface the official website of the Philippine government days before and after the May 10, 2004 elections. The “gov.ph,” website is hosted by Dagupan-based Internet service provider Bitstop Inc.

    Note that he previously denied any wrongdoing:

    Suspected gov.ph hacker denies he’s in hiding

    SUSPECTED Filipino hacker JJ Maria Giner on Monday denied he was eluding local authorities, and said he posted bail after a warrant for his arrest was issued last week.

    In a statement, Giner said he was ready to face the accusations against him with the help of lawyer Rodolfo Viajar Jr.

    “Contrary to what was reported, I am not in hiding nor am I avoiding the charges made against me, he said. My family and I are deeply saddened by the reports we read in [the] papers that pictured me to be a fugitive-from-justice or a criminal-on-the-run,” he added in his statement.

  • Can’t we do anything to change the use of the term Hacker? Why not cyber criminal instead? It’s a pity that the use Hacker is still being used to brand unworthy crackers and script kiddies out there.

  • Met JJ from a common friend over a year ago. He and some of his friends also have some scuba diving sites hosted on my servers until now. I trust the guy.

    JJ seems to be a very nice guy, unassuming. He even dismissed the issue when we talked about it once.

    Maybe this precedent is used as a big warning to those who are doing nasty cracker/hacker activities out there.

  • I don’t think we can retake “hacker,” that’s already the common usage.

  • a8

    But we can change it if we want. A hacker is different from a mallicious hacker or cyber criminal. I guess, you know that better than I am migz.

  • trebskie

    gov.ph ‘was’ just insecure, and they can’t accept that fact… when actually it was ‘defaced’ by other groups several times already. i just hope it wasn’t our tax who paid for the security that was supposed to be already the default to any PAID hosts.

  • cracker jack

    IMHO:: The terms “hack” or “hacker” were a bit cliche but uninformed journalists tend to use it often. Black hat hacking or cracking or malicious intrusion of computer system/internet maybe best applied.

  • trebskie » October 28th, 2005 17:10

    gov.ph ‘was’ just insecure, and they can’t accept that fact… when actually it was ‘defaced’ by other groups several times already. i just hope it wasn’t our tax who paid for the security that was supposed to be already the default to any PAID hosts.

    — I can’t agree more. 🙂

  • Charlene Hufano

    i wish you just put the person in jail.
    nagmumuka 2loy pera ang government.
    And sana inintindi nyo ung explanation ni JJ Maria Giner.

  • st0rmshad0w

    “U can caught Us BUT U can’t stops Us” – 1997 Hacker Movie

    Phreaking – Phone Freaker – Gaining Access
    to Telephone System, Wire
    Tapping, and Jamming Signal.

    Hacking – Rip system and modify to a new
    system

    Cracking – Rip system and get what he/she
    want

    I hope this msg will educate those DUMB govt!

  • Dax Solomon Umaming

    Have you run a port scan lately? It’s not his fault he managed to crack into the gov servers. Lazy mindless sysadmins.

  • hackedme

    A hacker is not stupid, dumb or idiot. Philippines is a paradise for hackers, why??? because one of the basic recipe for hacking is that there are many wifi area and computer shop that a hacker can used. And what kind of substantial evidence can they get from computer shop or wifi area?? (There are technical reasons why the govt can’t get any substantial evidence on a computer shop or wifi area. But I will not discuss it on my comment) That’s only a basic recipe, but if he/she is really a hacker, there are a lot of things that a hacker can do to prevent anyone to trace him/her. If he/she did not plead guilty I don’t think that the govt can find substantial evidence to convict him/her unless he/she do the hacking on his/her own house. which is very very stupid thing to do.

  • HackedME

    A hacker is not stupid, dumb or idiot. Philippines is a paradise for hackers, why? because one of the basic recipe for hacking is that there are many wifi area and computer shop that a hacker can used. And what kind of substantial evidence can they get from computer shop or wifi area? (There are technical reasons why the govt can’t get any substantial evidence on a computer shop or wifi area. But I will not discuss it on my comment) That’s only a basic recipe, but if he/she is really a hacker, there are a lot of things that a hacker can do to prevent anyone to trace him/her. If he/she did not plead guilty I don’t think that the govt can find substantial evidence to convict him/her unless he/she do the hacking on his/her own house. which is very very stupid thing to do.

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