After Alternative News Sites, NUJP Website Also Attacked

CMFR/PHILIPPINES — The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) website has been subjected to distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) since 8 February 2019. The attack made the NUJP website inaccessible several times.

An NUJP report said that on February 8, its digital security partners found 426 gigabytes of traffic sent to their site. The traffic came from IP addresses from India, Thailand and Indonesia at around 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and made the NUJP site unavailable.

NUJP was quick to counter the attacks and made the website available again at 8:30 p.m.

The website was down again at around 11am on February 11, but was back at around 12 noon.

NUJP believes that the attack is related to the web attacks launched against alternative news sites Bulatlat, Kodao Productions and Altermidya, “all of which host NUJP chapters.”

Starting January 19, cyber-attacks hit alternative news site Bulatlat , making  the website inaccessible for several days. The attacks forced the media organization to move its website to a more secure host. (See: “Cyber-attacks Hit Bulatlat Anew”)

In December 2018, alternative media websites including Bulatlat were also down due to cyber-attacks. (See: “Alternative News Sites Down in Cyber-attack”)

In the midst of these attacks, NUJP released a statement on February 6 saying the attacks were meant to “stifle criticism and dissent.” The organization also called  on the independent Philippine media community to “unite in condemnation of and resistance to these attacks” and “stand by our colleagues in the alternative media, whose work has contributed much to the vibrancy of the Philippine media today.”