Experts probe possible forging of Palace server

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Information technology (IT) experts are investigating if Malacañang’s mail server address has been forged and used to download hacked information from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

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The Comelec’s voters database was hacked last week and made accessible online.
One of the “seeders” or distributors of the file is allegedly “mail.malacanang.gov.ph,” which is Palace’s mail server address.

In a radio interview, Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manuel Quezon 3rd said Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. was informed on April 21 that social media users have posted screen shots that purportedly shows Malacañang’s mail server being used to seed hacked Comelec data.

Quezon said the Office of the President–Management Information System (OP-MIS) department is now conducting an investigation on the Palace’s subdomain
“mail.malacañang.gov.ph”, which has been delegated to as specific mail server under the OP-MIS department since May 2011.

What investigators want to know is whether the Palace server was used to download and seed the hacked Comelec data, whether the server was compromised, whether a remote client was using the mail server to access the Internet, or whether hackers intentionally forged this host name with malicious intention, Quezon said.

“So far according to the MIS department, no unusual activity has been detected which only suggests at this point the possibility of a malicious forgery,” he noted.

“But this is not yet their final report so antayin na lang ‘yung final report [so we will have to wait for the final report],” he added.

The National Bureau of Investigation arrested the hacker on Wednesday night and criminal charges were filed against him the following day at the Manila city prosecutor’s office.

The hacker remains detained at the NBI cybercrime division pending the resolution of the case.

The Comelec, meanwhile, said the website with the leaked voters’ data had been taken down.

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