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Manila Bulletin IT Officer Arrested for Alleged Government and Bank Website Hacking

IT Officer Arrested

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Cybercrime Division arrested the Manila Bulletin IT officer for allegedly hacking government and financial websites, sparking controversy and legal action. Here are some details according to the report of ABS-CBN News.

Arrest and Allegations

Authorities apprehended an IT officer from Manila Bulletin on suspicion of hacking websites belonging to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), National Security Council, and multiple banks. The suspect alleges he acted under instructions from Manila Bulletin’s IT Editor, Art Samaniego, purportedly to generate content for columns and social media.

The NBI is preparing a case against Art Samaniego, Manila Bulletin’s Senior Technology Officer, based on claims that he directed the hacking activities. Samaniego denies involvement, asserting a history of collaboration with government agencies in cybersecurity.

According to the suspect, directives to hack specific websites began in 2019, shortly after his employment with Manila Bulletin commenced. The hacked sites allegedly served as material for Samaniego’s journalistic endeavors.

Manila Bulletin has yet to issue an official statement regarding the arrest and allegations against its IT officer and Samaniego.

Ongoing Investigation

Digital evidence is being gathered by the NBI as they prepare to subpoena Samaniego for questioning. NBI Cybercrime Division Chief Atty. Jeremy Lotoc affirms the investigation’s thoroughness and commitment to due process.

The unfolding case underscores the complexities of cybersecurity and media ethics. It raises pertinent legal and ethical questions about journalistic practices and responsibilities in the digital age.

As the investigation progresses, the incident prompts scrutiny of cybersecurity protocols in media organizations. It reinforces the importance of accountability in handling sensitive online information.

Read Also: PNP Chief Files Cybercrime Case Over Fake News on Plot Against President Marcos Jr.

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