COMELEC hacker arrested, second suspect
After the first COMELEC hacker was arrested, the National Bureau of Investigation has said that it has finally captured the second hacker in what they believe was a three-man team who defaced the COMLEC's website.
The suspect, Jonel de Asis, is an IT expert, much like the earlier arrested Paul Biteng. According to NBI Cybercrime Division executive officer Pete Lorenzo, the suspect was nabbed in his own home in Muntinlupa City. The suspect is also the same age as Biteng.
The suspect maintains that he did not have ill-intentions in hacking the site. He merely wanted to expose the vulnerabilities of the security system of the government in the hopes that the poll body will fix their backdoors.
The NBI admitted that they had a difficult time tracking de Asis. After they talked to De Asis in his home, he admitted being the mastermind in hacking the COMELEC's website as well as stealing and releasing the 340 GB voter data into the internet. This version is different from Biteng's, who maintains that his only role in the hacking was just the defacing of the website. Biteng says that he did not steal the data and release it into the internet.
The NBI are still looking for a third suspect. De Asis faces charges under the Cybercrime Act of 2012 for 'illegal access to computer system', 'data interference', and 'misuse of devices'.