35% of cybersecurity tech in Philippines firms outdated – study

Published by rudy Date posted on December 11, 2021

by Richmond Mercurio – The Philippine Star, 11 Dec 2021 MANILA, Philippines — Companies in the Philippines need to refresh the technologies and solutions in their cybersecurity infrastructure as more than a third of the cybersecurity technologies they use are considered outdated, a new study by Cisco showed.

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DepEd seeks PNP help vs online cheating

Published by rudy Date posted on September 22, 2021

by Neil Jayson Servallos – The Philippine Star, 22 Sep 2021 MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has joined government interventions against online social media groups that were created to cheat in online learning examinations, an official said on Tuesday.

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Kids in secret rooms: Why purveyors of online child sex abuse are difficult to catch

Published by rudy Date posted on June 15, 2021

by Neil Jayson Servallos (, 15 Jun 2021 MANILA, Philippines ?(PCIJ) — It was the year 2010. National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agent Bernard Dela Cruz remembered watching dozens of children move in and out of an internet cafe in Cebu City in central Philippines, wondering if they were the young boys and girls they…

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DOJ warns vs. unlawful debt collection practices: Where to file complaints?

Published by rudy Date posted on April 26, 2021

(, 26 Apr 2021 MANILA, Philippines — The justice department has issued a public advisory for those at the end of harassment and unlawful debt collection practices from online lending companies.

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Convictions involving online child sexual abuse up in 2020

Published by rudy Date posted on April 11, 2021

By Benjamin Pulta, 11 Apr 2021 MANILA – Convictions for offenses involving the online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) went up in 2020, underscoring the gains made by the government, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Sunday.

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NTC asks 47 internet providers to explain failure to block child porn

Published by rudy Date posted on February 9, 2021

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Surge in online child sex offenses triggers penalties vs. telco firms

Published by rudy Date posted on January 12, 2021

by Kristine Joy Patag (, 12 Jan 2021 MANILA, Philippines — An alarming surge in child sexual exploitation online during the pandemic has caught the attention of Malacañang which has ordered penalizing telco firms supposedly for failing to prevent the proliferation of the illicit activity.

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Child porn transactions hit P113 million in 6 months

Published by rudy Date posted on January 5, 2021

by Lawrence Agcaoili (The Philippine Star), 5 Jan 2021 MANILA, Philippines — Suspicious transactions worth P113.1 million related to child pornography were reported in the first half of last year, almost double the P65.8 million booked in 2019 as the government stepped up its campaign against the sexual abuse of children, the Anti-Money Laundering Council…

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Solon alarmed by reports of students’ online sex ‘Christmas sale’

Published by rudy Date posted on January 3, 2021

MANILA – Citing reports of students holding a “Christmas sale” of sensual photos and videos to raise funds for distance learning-related expenses, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Cybercrime and the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group to intensify their probe and crackdown on these activities.

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DICT, Plan International Philippines work together for safer online spaces for girls, young women

Published by rudy Date posted on October 30, 2020

by Manila Standard, 30 Oct 2020 In celebration of the International Day of the Girl, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is working with the development and humanitarian organization Plan International Philippines on the #FreeToBeOnline campaign to ensure safer online spaces for girls and young women.

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COVID-19 worsening online sexual abuse cases – Unicef

Published by rudy Date posted on September 17, 2020

by Pia Lee Brago (The Philippine Star), 17 Sep 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening the incidence of online sexual abuse and exploitation in the Philippines, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.

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Online child sex exploitation spikes by 264% in lockdown

Published by rudy Date posted on May 26, 2020

by Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star), 26 May 2020 MANILA, Philippines — During this state of public health emergency, the Department of Justice-Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OOC) reported that there has been a 264.63 percent increase in the number of reported online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) in the country.

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Child sexual abuse online up 250% in 3 years

Published by rudy Date posted on May 25, 2020

By: Ador Vincent Mayol, Inquirer Visayas, 25 May 2020 CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines — Cases of internet-based sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines continued to go up, with eight out of every 10 perpetrators related by blood or affinity to the victims, according to a new study.

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DOJ, police urge public to report social media pages that sexually exploit children

Published by rudy Date posted on May 23, 2020

By CNN Philippines Staff, 23 May 2020 Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 23) — Reports of online sexual exploitation of children have increased during the lockdown, and the Justice Department, together with law enforcement agencies, are urging the public to report these online pages.

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Bill seeks to protect children from harmful content, cyberviolence

Published by rudy Date posted on August 5, 2019

(, Aug 5, 2019 MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila De Lima has filed a bill to ensure the protection of children against exploitation and other internet-based crimes.

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The state of PH cybersecurity

Published by rudy Date posted on October 4, 2017

BY LITO AVERIA, Manila Times, Oct 4, 2017 THE Philippines has been ranked 37th among 193 member states, with an index score of 0.594 in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2017 published by the International Telecommunication Union. Thirty-nine other member states ranked higher than the Philippines, with Singapore leading the pack with an index score…

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Bantay Bata protects kids from cyber bullying

Published by rudy Date posted on July 12, 2017

By Boy Abunda (The Philippine Star), Jul 12, 2017 When it was founded in 1997, Bantay Bata 163 was solely meant to rescue and rehabilitate abused children by providing shelter, therapy and quality home care for rescued children until they can be reunited with their families or referred to proper child-caring agencies. As the years…

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Bullying on social media: The Philippines’ current legal platform

Published by rudy Date posted on February 1, 2017

by Amicus Curiae, Cyndy P. dela Cruz, Businessworld, Feb. 1, 2017 The pen is mightier than the sword or so the adage goes. When this was once said, it was to highlight the power of thought and idea over brute force and violence as a way to effect change.

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PH gov’t blocks popular porn sites

Published by rudy Date posted on January 14, 2017

By: Jovic Yee – Reporter, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jan. 14, 2017 The Philippine government has blocked Internet users from accessing adult websites, just 10 days after a popular porn site found Filipinos to have spent the longest time watching adult content for the third straight year.

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Online “sextortion” is on the rise

Published by rudy Date posted on December 1, 2016

by By Josh Saul, December 1, 2016, Newsweek, He threatened women from his apartment. And from a burrito joint. He even did it from a Lowe’s hardware store. Ryan Vallee of New Hampshire, now 22, first targeted some of his high school classmates when he hacked into teenage girls’ email and social media accounts to…

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Lack of witnesses, manpower hamper cybercrime probers

Published by rudy Date posted on December 6, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – Even in the presence of advanced technology to gather evidence of cybercrime, state investigators still find it hard to quickly resolve these cases.

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Take measures to be safe online, PNP advises

Published by rudy Date posted on August 31, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – With 44 million Filipinos using the Internet, the Philippine National Police anti-cybercrime group (PNP-ACG) has advised the public to be on guard against cybercriminals and avoid falling prey to online scams.

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Why we need new ideas in the fight against cybercrime

Published by rudy Date posted on March 24, 2015

Cybercrime is estimated to cost the global economy upwards of US$400 billion a year, and these costs are expected to continue to rise. At greatest risk is the financial industry as its assets are the easiest to monetise. These globally connected financial institutions have committed huge resources to hardening their information infrastructures that includes personnel,…

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The EU and the Philippines together against cybercrime

Published by rudy Date posted on November 27, 2014

Who hasn’t received an e-mail from a close friend stranded somewhere or having had an accident asking for an urgent money transfer? Who hasn’t been offered a hefty commission in return for bank account details from an heiress or oil baron in a far-flung country? These are perhaps the first experiences that many of us…

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SC asked to create cybercrime courts

Published by rudy Date posted on November 1, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Justice’s Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OOC) has asked the Supreme Court anew to create special courts to handle litigation of crimes committed online amid the worsening incidence of cases such as child pornography, sextortion and other abuses through the Internet.

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Phl among most vulnerable to cybercrime attacks

Published by rudy Date posted on October 25, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines ranks among the most vulnerable to cybercrime attacks in the Asia Pacific region as roughly half of computers sold in the country have been invaded by malware, a study by global tech giant Microsoft said.

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8 Koreans nabbed for cybercrimes

Published by rudy Date posted on October 22, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Eight Koreans were arrested during a raid on a house in Quezon City Monday night for their alleged involvement in cybercrimes against their countrymen.

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Woman who poses as man nabbed for cyber sex, extortion

Published by rudy Date posted on October 20, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – A woman who allegedly pretended to be a man on social media and tried to extort money from a student was arrested in an entrapment operation in Manila Saturday.

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Pinoys warned of Internet love scams

Published by rudy Date posted on July 13, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos should be wary of people they meet through social media sites and Internet chatrooms, the Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur said yesterday.

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Selling perfumes online was front of cybercriminals

Published by rudy Date posted on May 4, 2014

NAGA CITY, Philippines—They were only selling perfumes and books online and earning commissions from it, protested the 84 workers and managers of Digital Minds, who were arrested when police swooped down on their company on Thursday.

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