#pR.is0n3r is behind the leakage of Philippine president’s personal mobile numbers and several defacements in Government websites.
1. Kindly introduce yourself..
I go by the handle, #pR.is0n3r.
2. How did you get into website penetration? When was that?
I have been into website penetration for a long time already, but as for government website penetration, it started with the op on the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) website.
3. Why did you choose to be a web hacker?
I think web defacer is the more appropriate term. Ever since I was child, I was already interested in the workings of the computer and the activities that are related to it. At first it was borne out of curiosity, and I thought hackers are really cool. The more I got to learn about the sub-culture of hacking, the more I am convinced that I can be a part of something that can be beneficial to the people, like hacktivism.
4. Pnoy mobile numbers leakage, can you give us hint how did you manage to have those?
It is the intent of leaking the numbers which matter the most. My apologies if I choose not to answer that question. But let me take this opportunity to clarify that I am not connected to anyone who works for the President or who is in immediate/direct contact with him.
5. You are part of the hacker collective “anonymous” are you not afraid of getting unmasked?
I would be lying if I say that I am not afraid of being unmasked. Everyone of us who is into this activity has his/her own fears. But like I said, if one of us is jailed because of our hacktivism, there will be others who will continue this fight. And so, speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.
6. The issue of pending Cyber Crime Law, anything to say about it?
We don’t advocate for a complete revocation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. Laws like that are necessary to address and counter abuses/criminal activities in cyberspace. We, however, are awaiting for its revision and for the abolition of the questionable provisions of that law. We will never rest until those provisions are removed.
7. You played a major role in PH gov site defacements, any message for the Government/agencies especially PDEA?
It is the messages that the government should focus on, not the defacements. To the government: Do not shoot the messenger. For as long as corruption, injustice, abuse of authority and irregularities exist, we will continue to use our skills and knowledge in cyber technology to counter and bring these anomalies to the awareness of the people. We are watching.
8. Words to those individuals who are just starting to learn hacking, targeting websites on their way.
As what I have been telling enthusiasts of hacking, it is better that you learn it through your own efforts. Technology changes so fast, you must keep up with it. Do not pass up the chance or opportunity to learn something. Be creative. Explore. If you are targeting a website, it should be done for a good cause. But most importantly, do not use it for something which can only bring harm to others or to the society.
Add on: Whats your thoughts about PHN?
I commend PHN for being an avenue where people can learn and share their knowledge on cyber technology. Keep it up.