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DICT Blocks Hacking Attempts Linked to China

by Axl Stanley

In a digital landscape fraught with cyber threats, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) emerges as a stalwart defender. Recently, the DICT revealed it thwarted cyberattacks originating "within China" targeting critical entities like the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and even President Marcos' official website.

The Chinese Connection

Communications and Technology Undersecretary Jeffrey Ian Dy shed light on the attempted hacking of Owwa, employing a brute force attack traced to an IP address in China.

Dy emphasized the complexity of the attack, labeling it as "very, very complex and sophisticated." The attackers, allegedly associated with China Unicorn, a state-owned telecom company, prompted Dy to call for coordination with Chinese authorities.

Advanced Threat Landscape: Lonely Island, Meander, and Panda

The DICT, in collaboration with Google, also tackled cyber threats from three advanced threat groups – Lonely Island, Meander, and Panda. These groups, operating within Chinese territories, targeted government mailboxes and Google Workspaces. Dy highlighted the need to engage with China in the investigation, though stopping short of implicating the Chinese government.

The Geopolitical Dimension: PCG and Owwa in the Crosshairs

As tensions in the South China Sea persist, the PCG finds itself under the watchful eye of Chinese authorities. Owwa, responsible for managing the welfare of Filipinos abroad, becomes a critical target. The cyber landscape, a silent battleground, sees the PCG and Owwa as potential focal points.

Defending the Digital Realm: Insights into the Attacks

The cyberattacks, orchestrated by groups Lonely Island, Meander, and Panda, aimed at surveilling government emails and websites. The DICT's collaboration with Google proved crucial in fending off attacks on government email addresses and Google Workspaces. Dy underscored the importance of detecting and neutralizing the threat early, preventing potential damage.

Global Cyber Chess: China's Role and US Counteraction

While Dy refrained from directly attributing the attacks to the Chinese government, global geopolitics suggests a nuanced perspective. Recent dismantling of a China-based hacking network, "Volt Typhoon," by the United States adds a layer of intrigue. China dismisses such claims as "groundless," pointing to the US's own history of cyberespionage.

The Broader Context: China's Cyberespionage and Global Concerns

The FBI's revelation of China's extensive hacking program underscores the gravity of the situation. China's adept hackers pose a persistent threat to governments and private sectors worldwide. The focus extends beyond political and military targets, encompassing critical infrastructure like water treatment plants, electric grids, and transportation hubs.

Navigating the Cyber Seas

As we navigate the complex seas of cyber threats, the DICT's successful defense against Chinese-linked cyberattacks highlights the importance of global cooperation. The geopolitical nuances, the intricacies of cyber warfare, and the role of state-backed threat groups underscore the need for a vigilant and collaborative approach in securing the digital realm.


  1. Were the cyberattacks definitively linked to the Chinese government? The DICT refrained from making direct accusations, focusing on the attackers operating within Chinese territories.
  2. How did the DICT and Google collaborate in thwarting the cyberattacks? The DICT worked closely with Google to defend against attacks on government email addresses and Google Workspaces.
  3. What role did the PCG play in these cyber incidents? The PCG, under scrutiny due to geopolitical tensions, was among the entities targeted by cyber threat groups.
  4. Why is Owwa a significant target for cyberattacks? Owwa manages the welfare of Filipinos working abroad, making it a critical target for cyber threats.
  5. What broader implications do these cyberattacks have on global cybersecurity? The cyber landscape, influenced by geopolitical tensions, underscores the need for a collaborative global approach to cybersecurity.

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