The hacker who was arrested on Wednesday evening, April 20, was revealed to be 23 years old and a fresh graduate of information technology. When interrogated about his intentions, the suspect stated that he just wanted to show the vulnerability of the Comelec website and that he had “no intention to harm”.
Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista adds that the suspect claims that he only wanted to ensure that the Comelec will implement the security features of vote-counting machines (VCMs).
"We assured him na lahat ng security features na nakasaad sa ating automated election law ay ipapatupad nitong 2016 elections. Sabi ko, hindi naman niya kailangang mag-hack. Sana kung nagsulat na lang siya at sinulat niya sa amin 'yon ay masasagot naman namin kaagad yung kanyang hinaing,” Bautista said. (We assured him that all security features specified in our automated election law will be implemented this 2016 elections. I told him that he did not have to resort to hacking. We could have swiftly responded to his concerns if he just communicated with us in writing.)
Bautista added that the suspected hacker has two accomplices whom he met through social media. Authorities are considering filing charges against the suspect which include a violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
In the evening of March 27 until the early hours of March 28, the hacker who introduced himself as “Anonymous Philippines” defaced the website of Comelec. The public was alarmed by the incident. Many showed concern about theft of confidential information.
Tech firm TrendMicro earlier reported that the website hacking and the leak of the Comelec database put the information of 55 million registered voters in the country at risk . According to the firm, the hacking exposed the voters to identity theft. The report also said that the Comelec hacking may be the biggest government-related data breach in history.
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