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WHEN an organization’s ability to provide information on its website or its electronic channels for service delivery is impaired, has that organization’s information system been hacked? Filipino netizens are increasingly becoming aware of instances of hacking. When one is unable to access his email or social media account or fails…

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YOU walk into a photo printing services shop to have some pictures in your thumb drive printed. The service staff asks what paper size you wish to have your pictures printed on, the texture – matte or glossy, and if you want the prints to have borders. So, you specify…

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THE legislators who authored and co-sponsored the proposed bills on the creation of a National ID System (NIDS) in both houses of Congress may have another reason to justify the NIDS. The events in Marawi forced residents to flee to other cities and areas where they feel they will be…

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A GROWING number of the Philippine population has taken to using the internet with the proliferation of smartphones. The country boasts about 48million social media users (http://isupportworldwide.com/blog/archive/socialmediaphilippines/). With the horrendous traffic in Metro Manila, motorists seek guidance from Waze to get to their destination via the quickest route. It is…

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JUST as the ILOVEYOU virus which spread like wildfire in 1999 helped generate awareness on the need to ensure information security and protect against cybercrime, the “ComeLeak” helped generate awareness on the need to protect personally identifiable information and sensitive personal information. The “ComeLeak” incident, which reared its ugly head…

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YOU planned for this trip early. You have booked your travel tickets and reserved accommodations, to take advantage of promotional offers. You’re now at the check-in counter for your flight. The airline representative tells you that you are not booked for any flight. You’re in shock. You try to call…

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BEFORE leaving home, a netizen books a place via AirBnB and completes a booking for a flight out the country. He then receives confirmation of his bookings and air ticket in his email. He books a ride from home to office on Uber. He keeps his GPS open. On the…

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TWO cybercrime incidents drew public attention in 2016: the $81million Bangladesh Central Bank heist, done electronically, with the money finding its way into the Philippine banking system, and the COMELeak incident involving the unauthorized access to the database of the Commission on Elections and the illegal copying of millions of…

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A UNIVERSE of data has been collected and held by organizations, public and private, for a long time. Among the data collected are those pertaining to individuals. This is the reality that citizens have long faced The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has long been collecting, organizing, and processing data about…

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“COMELEAK,” is the incident which involved the illegal copying of the database of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) by the hacker group, LulSecPilipinas. Close to 55million voters’ registration information was disclosed without authority by the same hacker group about five weeks before the national and local elections of May 9,…

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