Sep 12, 2017

A few days ago, netizens were in a frenzy with screenshots of the state-run news site Philippine News Agency (PNA) filled with editorial notes. It gave way to the character of Lei who became a household name. Soon the hashtag #prayforlei started to trend, and mostly because so many (especially those in the media) could easily relate.

Screenshot from PNA’s website

The real Lei spoke up on her personal Facebook account and did mention that there was something fishy about the leakage of these notes on the PNA website.

Photo taken from Lei’s Facebook account

According to a report from, Andanar said in an interview that they have enough reason to believe that the PNA website encountered a cyberattack. “On Friday, we saw that there was another IP address that was trying to enter the old dashboard. There’s an old website, right? The IP address was trying to get into the old dashboard,’’ he told the media in Filipino.

“So what is the reason for a person to enter the old dashboard that isn’t being used, why did that person know about that. Because on the old dashboard, you can see the blunders of the PNA, you can trace those, right? So now we’re having it investigated by the NBI Cybercrime Division,’’ he said.

Andanar also noted that he had strong reason to believe that the hacker’s intention was to embarrass the PNA, himself, and of course, the President. However, he did add that it was premature to assume it was an inside job and that Usec. Joel Egco was investigating the particular IP address.

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