ILA Cybersecurity

MARCH 2018

The inaugural ASEAN-Australia Special Summit concluded on March 18, with the regional leaders agreeing on the Sydney Declaration. The Declaration sets out a vision for the future of the
ASEAN-Australia partnership and commitment to drive regional economic integration and elevate cooperation on complex regional challenges including cyber, maritime and people trafficking.

If the Department of Justice (DOJ) charges Rappler with cyber libel over a May 2012 article, it risks rendering the Cybercrime Prevention Act unconstitutional, cybercrime law expert Jose Jesus “JJ” Disini said on Friday, March 9.

MAY 2019

“The Philippines GDP currently stands at about $305 billion. With our economy on a continuous upward growth trajectory, many of us remain optimistic in the business landscape of today,” said Vic Tria, first vice president for PLDT ALPHA, at the 30th Bankers Institute of the Philippines Inc. (BAIPHIL) Convention held last March at the Baguio Country Club. Tria, however, cited a recent study by Frost and Sullivan for Microsoft, in which 1.1% of the GDP may be lost due to threats on cybersecurity.

Local government units (LGUs) are in the position to help prevent cybercrime, particularly in monitoring of suspicious activities and conduct of information drive.

The former police commander of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is now the country’s top cybercop.

JUNE 2019

To strengthen consumer confidence in electronic commerce in the Pacific Rim region, the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system is adding to its roster of accountability agents, who ensure that participating firms are safeguarding consumers’ personal information while fostering growth of the digital economy.

The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a House measure that seeks life imprisonment for bank hackers and ATM skimmers.

Globe Telecom Inc on Thursday launched Southeast Asia’s first 5G broadband service, with embattled Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. providing the equipment, a win for the Chinese firm despite cybersecurity worries from Western nations.

The Bureau of Customs has sought the assistance of the Department of Information and Technology after hackers defaced its website.

JULY 2019

Data protection in the Asia-Pacific region has just received a significant boost with the appointment of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) by Singapore as its accountability agent. Singapore joined the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system in March last year and has become the third economy after the United States and Japan to operationalize the system.

As more players get into the telecommunications industry, the government says it’s tightening its cybersecurity measures.

Philippine banks continue to step up their campaign against cybercrime in support of the efforts of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to strengthen the industry’s resilience to cyberattacks.

Defined broadly as any kind of fraud committed with the help of the internet, online fraud cost retailers an estimated US$57.8 billion globally in 2017, posing a significant problem.

Online fraud is especially problematic in Southeast Asia, where there is a sharp contrast in ecommerce development between different countries in the region.

“Seamlessly connected” is how ASEAN aspires to facilitate and expand people-to-people interactions among its diverse population and build a common community with a shared sense of ownership. But in reality, not everything in the digital world is trustworthy. Fake news, spam mail and malware are some of the contaminated data that can spread easily from one corner of the world to another in just a click.


Cisco is helping the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) improve cybersecurity in the Philippines by training networking professionals to identify and respond to various cyber threats, the company’s Philippine head said on Wednesday.

The Philippines is a magnet for online threats, landing as among the top five countries in the world in terms of internet-borne attacks, Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky said.

The Philippine National Police – Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) said it will strengthen its cyber patrol operations to go after websites used for promoting violent extremism.

Data breaches in the Philippines show no sign of slowing down. In the second half of the year, cybersecurity enthusiasts from government and private sectors are sharing data and ideas to lessen the impact of these breaches.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) took a major step in harmonising regional data protection, privacy regulations and initiatives by launching the first ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum in Bangkok, Thailand, with the Philippines at the helm.


Fortinet’s Director of Marketing warned businesses at the annual Fortinet 361° Security press conference at the Grand Hyatt in BGC, Taguig last Wednesday to take urgent precautionary measures to protect their system because cybercrime attacks have already evolved.

DATA BREACHES continue to be a major concern for Filipino consumers this year, a recent report on Philippine businesses and government agencies by Unisys Corp. found.

The country’s third telco player Dito Telecommunity assured the public that it has a cybersecurity plan following its agreement with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Philippines immigration agents, backed by troops, have arrested more than 300 Chinese for alleged cybercrimes, a week after a similar number were detained during a raid linked to investment fraud.

Medical facilities in the Philippines will continue experiencing high rates of cyber attacks, with seven out of 10 medical machines compromised this year, according to data from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky


Union Bank of the Philippines’ fraud detection and cybersecurity is seen improving as the lender embarks on digital transformation, partner provider NOW Corp. said Thursday.


A 39-year-old woman who offered to livestream the sexual abuse of her daughter in exchange for money was arrested by police in Antipolo City, Rizal, on Thursday morning, November 7.

The Philippine military is opening up its bases and camps to Chinese government presence by way of a telecommunication company’s cell sites – and it says that’s all right, despite warnings that it would leave itself vulnerable to spying.

The Philippines is the third country in Southeast Asia with the most Android mobile malware attacks in the first nine months of the year, data released by Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lao AO on Monday showed.

The Australian National University is set to offer government officials from ASEAN and Pacific nations a cyber bootcamp, providing expert advice and skills training.


The National Privacy Commission (NPC) recently conducted the DPO COMPLex experiential compliance workshop for Philippine government Data Protection Officers (DPOs).

Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most economically dynamic regions, but there is a large and potentially disastrous flaw in the business model of many companies in the region. In 2017, ASEAN member states collectively spent US$1.9 billion or 0.06 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) on cybersecurity, less than half of the global average of 0.13 percent.

Republic Act No. 11458 or the Sotto law allows Rappler to keep its source confidential in the cyber libel trial at the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC).

Businesses should not overly rely on technology to fight cyber threats, rather they should focus on skills development of manpower to interpret risks and implement measures to prevent attacks.


Interpol announced today the results of Operation Goldfish Alpha, a six-month effort to secure hacked routers across the Southeast Asia region.

The Philippine government is mindful of the security risks brought about by increased Chinese control of its infrastructure and the reported Chinese state-backed hackers’ cyber attacks and other threats around the world.

The declining freedom of the internet in ASEAN highlights some serious concerns for its citizens in terms of privacy and ownership of data

Online casinos are investing vast sums of time and money in protecting their customers’ data. Despite this effort, cyber threats remain a major concern for their operations.


Ridesharing company Grab Philippines on Wednesday said it will comply with the National Privacy Commission’s (NPC) cease and desist order (CDO) against its new data-sensitive safety measures, adding that its new measures “follow the legal criteria for lawful processing of data.”

The Department of Information and Communications Technology says laws allow it to conduct ‘lawful monitoring and surveillance,’ in the face of cyber threats

THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines’ (NGCP) transparency regarding its operations has become an issue after reports that it has detected 100 cyberattacks, officials said.

With social media already playing a major role in human trafficking, arms trading and drug smuggling, it is perhaps no surprise that the illegal wildlife trade is the latest cross-border crime to go online.

Fredrick Brennan, the estranged founder of controversial website 8chan, is facing arrest in the Philippines due to a cyberlibel complaint filed by the website’s owner, Jim Watkins.

MARCH 2020

“Not everyone who wanted to buy the bank cards stolen from Southeast Asian owners would pay the same price: The higher the amount of money left on the card, the higher the price.”

That’s according to Technisanct, a cybersecurity company based in India, which said it found the data for hundreds of thousands of cards for sale online, taken from citizens in the six largest nations in Southeast Asia.

MAY 2020

A five-year cyber espionage campaign targeting government agencies and owned businesses across Southeast Asia has been uncovered following the re-emergence of hacker group Naikon.