Cyber attack hits Gordon’s official website, goes down for hours

Sen. Richard Gordon

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MANILA, Philippines — Amid the ongoing Senate blue ribbon probe into the alleged irregularities in the government’s procurement of pandemic response supplies, the official website of Senator Richard Gordon was hit by a “coordinated online attack” causing the site to shut down for several hours, the senator’s office said.

In a statement on Wednesday, Gordon’s office said the attack happened last October 4.

“We view such service outage or disruption as a serious concern as its timing comes when the Senate Blue Ribbon panel is investigating alleged irregularities in government procurement for COVID-19 supplies and equipment,” said Myke Cruz, an information technology officer in Gordon’s office.

According to Cruz, a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, usually “patched through the dark web by nefarious individuals in exchange for a high price,” caused a web services shutdown from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Administrators of were able to contain the problem by barring entry of traffic from outside the Philippines at around 1 p.m., Gordon’s office said.

However, a foreign-led attack “persisted” until 3:04 p.m.

“Past instances have linked DDoS attacks to destabilizing the online presence of an opposing party,” Gordon’s office added.

His office said traffic requests to Gordon’s website primarily came from China, the United States, Ukraine, and other Southeast Asian countries, causing the “usual bandwidth traffic to rise dramatically from less than 100 megabytes to almost 1.8 gigabytes within an hour’s span.”

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