Globe telecom alerts public about identity theft

Globe telecom alerts public about identity theft

Globe, a telecom giant, is one with other companies in reminding the public to be vigilant as possibilities of identity theft are higher after the hacking of the Comelec website, making private information of almost 55 million voters accessible by anybody.

Anton Bonifacio, Globe Telecom Information Security Chief, advices those who are planning to get postpaid lines or those who are upgrading their plans to double check personal information before submission. Bonifacio also reassures the subscribers that they are enforcing strict security measures for all mobile services.

Furthermore, the public is warned not to give information carelessly, especially birthdates, maiden names, security verification codes, and family members, as these the information usually required when doing transactions.

Bonifacio made it clear that Globe Telecom is now offering a two-factor authentication, for example, sending an SMS code at verification code, for their online services.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas first warned the public of a possible information leak after a 23-year-old fresh graduate hacked the Comelec website late this week and made public the information of 55 million.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas first warned the public of a possible information leak after a 23-year-old fresh graduate hacked the Comelec website late this week and made public the information of 55 million.

While COMELEC and the NBI have announced that they have arrested the suspect of the massive hacking of COMELEC’s database, a website has gone live which makes it easy to search over the private information of 70 million Filipino voters.

The website allows anyone to type a name and search for the records of that person. The records include sensitive information of a voter such as complete birthday, exact address, passport details, and coded representations of one’s biometrics.

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.

The firm also found that passport details of 1.3 million overseas Filipino voters and 15.8 million fingerprint records were included in the massive data breach. Also leaked was a list of Comelec officials that have admin accounts.

Its scope makes it the biggest government-related data breach in history, surpassing the 2015 hacking of the US Office of Personnel Management which revealed fingerprints and social security numbers of 20 million Americans.

The firm added that what is more alarming was that the “crucial data is just in plain text and accessible to everyone.”

 

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