Manila City's vaccination registration website attacked by hackers, says LGU

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 6)— The COVID-19 vaccination registration website of Manila City encountered a "hacking incident" earlier this week, the local government revealed on Friday.

In a report, the city government said its security team on Wednesday evening "detected an unusual activity" in the system of the ManilaCovax website, which particularly targeted the homepage of the registration portal.

The online platform received around 1.02 million registration requests that night.

"The objective is very obvious: to have the website reach its threshold in order to create downtime error 502. This will result in difficulty for registrants to register into our system/program," read the LGU's report.

Authorities suspected that the attack was "clearly bot triggered."

"Based on our experience, we highly suspect that whoever is doing this has a troll farm generating machinery," the LGU said, adding that officials have taken the necessary measures to resolve the matter.

The revelation comes on top of other issues hounding the city's inoculation drive.

On Thursday, some of Manila's vaccination centers saw an alarming number of people lining up early and eventually crowding the areas — adding to fears of coronavirus transmission.

The chaos was triggered by rumors unvaccinated people cannot go out for essential trips or receive cash assistance amid the hard lockdown.

The government has since launched an investigation on the matter, with officials expected to crack down on peddlers of the false information.