Voters' details have been leaked...now what?
Somehow this doesn't seem like a big surprise.
(SPOT.ph) In their blog on April 6, Japanese security vendor Trend Micro revealed: "Every registered voter in the Philippines is now susceptible to fraud and other risks after a massive data breach leaked the entire database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections. While initial reports have downplayed the impact of the leak, our investigations showed a huge number of sensitive personally identifiable information—including passport information and fingerprint data—were included in the data dump."
It was Anonymous Philippines who initially hacked into the Commission on Elections’ (COMELEC) website, but it was a group called Lulzsec Pilipinas that claimed responsibility for the data dump, Interaksyon.com reports.
One senatorial candidate is now demanding that the COMELEC reveal what it is doing “to safeguard the integrity and security of its digital infrastructure.” Susan Ople, a senatorial bet from the Nacionalista Party, insists, “We need to establish the facts and know the magnitude of the hacking operations so that those affected can also protect themselves from identity thefts and other forms of cybercrimes.”
Kabataan Party List Rep. Terry Ridon also weighed in on the issue, saying that the COMELEC “must immediately assess the probable effect of the data breach on the integrity of the upcoming elections.”
“It is COMELEC’s responsibility to protect and secure personal voter information. This case again highlights the poll body’s ineptitude and gross negligence of duty,” Ridon points out.
Photo from the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Twitter account