COMELEC data breach: Filipinos worldwide at risk of digital fraud!

A security ‘mishap’ has resulted in millions of Filipino voters’ personal details exposed to cyber-criminals. In a 6th April blog report, global digital security solutions firm Trend Micro reported that “a massive data breach leaked the entire database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC).” Based on our investigation, the data dumps include 1.3 million […]

Gamergate and the Culture of Online Shaming

Only recently I read up on the details of Gamergate, an incident where a spat between two ex-lovers in the gaming industry became a full-blown harassment campaign on the Internet. I will let other sites like Rationalwiki give the details about the incident. It came to my attention since a recent news report said that […]

The Philippines is centre of a billion-dollar global sex industry involving children

A foreign journalist working with Philippine police and an American non-government organisation (NGO) has exposed more of the under-reported underworld of the Philippines’ underage sex industry. A Daily Mail UK report detailed the undercover investigative journalism of Peter Bridge (not his real name), a Belgian national. The investigation focused on illegal brothels and cybersex dens […]

Andrea Brillantes: Latest victim of social media’s dark underbelly

The Net is on fire in the Philippines over the “viral” spread of a personal video allegedly of Filipino showbiz celebrity Andrea Brillantes. Brillantes, star of the hit TV drama series Annaliza, is only 12 years old. But this fact does not seem to stop online perverts from downloading and sharing the video. As of […]

Nigerian email scammers make way for Filipino online sextortionists!

It used to be Nigerian email phishers and scammers. Now it is Filipino sextortionists. It is big business, described to be “industrial” in scale in a Washington Post report involving using fake social media accounts to get in touch with victims overseas (usually in affluent countries) and trick them into exposing themselves on Webcams. The […]

Ban on access to porn over the Net in the Ph to start this month

If things work according to plan, devices and networks accessing the Internet through Philippine Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will supposedly be porn-free this month. reports this is a move initiated by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to comply with Republic Act 9775 or the “Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009″… With the implementation of the […]

Online libel, freedom of information, and what Filipinos have done with their freedom

Outrage in the citizenry continues erupting over the recent ruling of the Supreme Court regarding the online libel clause in Republic Act 10175, A.K.A. the Cybercrime Law. Due to the online libel clause not being declared unconstitutional, social media is abuzz with discussion that the end of “freedom of speech” and “freedom of expression” draws […]

Aquino anti-cybercrime law curtailing freedom of speech ruins significance of EDSA people power revolution

The celebration for the 28th anniversary of EDSA People Power revolution will be low key according to Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma. Instead of holding it at EDSA where it was held traditionally, it will be held in Cebu province. The reason given was “because the province was the bulwark of the opposition to the […]