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Bureau Of Customs Seeks DICT Assistance After Hack On Website

BUREAU OF CUSTOMS – The Bureau of Customs has sought the assistance of the Department of Information and Communications Technology after their website was hacked.

The Philippine government agency, Bureau of Customs is managed under the Department of Finance.

The duties of BOC include the assessment and collection of revenues from imported products, fins, fees, dues, charges, and penalties under the RA 10863 or ‘Customs Modernization and Tariff Act’ (CMTA).

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BOC also manages the simplification and harmonization of the agency, prevention of smuggled goods, and control of the import-export cargoes among others.

The current chief of BOC is the ex-Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator, Rey Leonardo Guerrero.

On Tuesday, June 25, Guerrero disclosed that their website was attacked by hackers.

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Based on a report from ABS-CBN, BOC chief revealed that hackers tried to broke into their official website.

The Bureau of Customs claimed that the unidentified individuals aim to delay the government agency’s computerization program.

The hackers tried to derail their program that seeks to promote efficiency, transparency, and abolish the agency’s graft and corruption.

As of 12 noon yesterday, the custom’s website remains inaccessible to the public.

Photo Source: ABS-CBN News

According to the report, the attempted hacking did not breach the operations of the Bureau of Customs.

The BOC assured the people that their computer system “remains intact and secure and that there is no disruption in the operations of the Bureau.

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Based on the report, the BOC chief said they have already coordinated with other government agencies to solve the issue.

“The Bureau has already coordinated with the National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-PH) under the Cybersecurity Bureau of DICT,” Guerrero said.

We can’t deny that there are lots of people in this world with bad intentions. We can only hope that this issue will be fixed sooner.

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