There is a chance that Comelec hacker Paul Biteng, a.k.a. Anonymous PH, may walk free and work for the government.
Biteng hacked the Commission on Elections website and is now facing a maximum sentence of up to 60 years in jail, if proven guilty of violating the Cybercrime Prevention Act.
According to reports, the Manila Prosecutor's Office pressed charges, illegal access, data interference, and misuse of device, against Biteng.
Biteng was arrested by the NBI at his home in Balic-Balic, Sampaloc, Manila last week. He admitted hacking the Comelec website; however, he denied creating the searchable database where the information of over 70 million Filipino voters was exposed.
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old “master hacker” may have a brighter future if the state agrees with the suggestion of Senator Ralph Recto who wants to hire the hacker to improve the security of the government websites.
"Instead of wasting their talents, these Filipino internet experts should be employed by the executive department as white hat hackers to protect us from real cyber-criminals," he said.
There is a profession called Ethical hacker and some companies are willing to pay as much as $100,000 per year. Ethical hackers are IT professionals who purposely penetrate networks and systems to find and fix potential vulnerabilities.
This is not the first time that Filipino hackers have shown their prowess in bypassing security systems of websites. Almost 16 years ago, the Philippines made headlines because of the ILOVEYOU virus. Two Filipino hackers created the virus and shut down systems worldwide. The virus quickly spread in three continents in five hours.
Conflicting reports claimed that bug creators, Onel de Guzman and Reonel Ramones, were hired by Microsoft, making a nice anecdote, while other reports claimed that the two turned down the job offers and are still living in Metro Manila.