One of the hottest issues happening on the internet today is COMELEC's data breach that resulted to more than 70 million voters' worth of security data vulnerable to identity thieves online.
Recently, one of the suspects that was apprehended is Paul Biteng. Here is a list of 10 things about the COMELEC website hacker.
1. Biteng is alleged to be one of the three members of the Anonymous Philippines who claimed responsibility for defacing the Comelec website on March 27. The two others remain at large as of this posting.
2. He is 23 years old. (Source however says he is 20 years old).
3. He recently graduated in April 2016 from the Perpetual Help College of Manila.
4. He is a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree holder.
5. Biteng was apprehended by the NBI in his home in Balic-Balic, Sampaloc, Manila.
6. On his Facebook account, he described himself as a security researcher — someone who investigates malicious software.
7. Biteng is believed to be a “white hat hacker”, a computer specialist who breaks into systems to test the website’s security and help improve it.
8. In 2014, Facebook listed him to its Security Hall of Fame. “On behalf of over a billion users, we would like to thank the following people for making a responsible disclosure to us”, Facebook’s message read before introducing Biteng and the numerous others recognized by the social networking site.
9. Meanwhile, he was also recognized by Microsoft, also in 2014. In its Security Researcher Acknowledgments page, Microsoft acknowledged Biteng and many others, saying: “The Microsoft Security Response Center is pleased to recognize the security researchers who have helped make Microsoft online services safer by finding and reporting security vulnerabilities”.
“Each name listed represents an individual or company who has privately disclosed one or more security vulnerabilities in our online services and worked with us to remediate the issue”, Microsoft added.
10. In 2013, he expressed on Twitter that he was awaiting for TV 5 Network’s reply as he relayed a message about the vulnerability he found on its website.
If proven guilty of malicious intent for hacking the Comelec website, Biteng will face imprisonment of up to six years for violating the anti-cybercrime law.
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