Anonymous Philippines defaced the Commission on Elections website seeking the implementation of the safety features for automated elections
Manila, Philippines -“We are watching!” Anonymous Philippines left this message on the website of Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Sunday night.
In a GMA News Online screenshot (defaced website), the ‘hacktivist’ group reiterated the public’s right to vote, but questions the electoral process which they said are “mired with controversies.”
They also asked for the implementation of security features on the Precinct-Count Optical Scanner (PCOS) machines, in light of recent Supreme Court (SC) ruling for the election body to abide by automated elections law.
The upcoming May elections will make use of updated PCOS machines. Yet, the Comelec has said that there is no ample time to activate the machine’s voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) features, as ordered by the SC.
This security and auditing feature were also not used in the 2010 and 2013 elections.
As of 3:15 am today, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez reported that the website is already active but that some databases remain unavailable.
Anonymous PHL has also defaced other government websites such as the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) last year.
Now operational, you can view the election body's website here:
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