Tubod, Lanao del Norte: The hacking of the website of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) not only threatens the credibility of the May 9 elections, it also endangers voters, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. warned on Friday.
He said the stolen data may be used by cyber criminals in carrying out illegal activities like gaining access to bank accounts.
The hacking was discovered when the website wehaveyourdata.com uploaded the details of registered voters from the Comelec website.
But the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) immediately took action and was able to trace the origin of the hacking and arrested one of the suspects.
“The suspect is one of those behind the Anonymous Philippines group. Good job NBI. The incident is a very serious matter because it does not only affect the credibility of the elections but the safety and security of every Filipino voter,” Marcos said.
“The Comelec should treat this as a dangerous security breach because voters’ data are made accessible to the public,” the Ilocano lawmaker added.
Marcos said the Comelec should coordinate closely with the NBI to uncover the hackers.
“These are crucial information that the Comelec has secured from the voters. These are personal data entrusted to the poll body by the Filipino people. The Comelec should explain how and why the data that they have assured as secure could be hacked,” he added. “If this can happen, how secure will the election results be, knowing that data could be stolen and manipulated from the Comelec’s system?”