Last March, the website of the Commission of Elections (Comelec) was hacked by hacker group Anonymous Philippines and defaced it. Hours later, another hacker grouped, Lulzsec Pilipinas, claimed to have hacked Comelec’s database and leaked it on Facebook.
Comelec is however downplaying the hack. “Walang sensitive information dito, in other words. Hiwalay yung website na gagamitin natin para sa eleksyon, especially for results reporting.” Said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez.
I have spoken to some IT experts that had a glimpse of the data that was published. And they said that the huge amount of data are sensitive that identity thieves would have a field day with it. There was a lot of data to go through that it would be hard to go through. But today, the unthinkable happened. Someone created a website named wehaveyourdata. The website is a search engine for the massive data that was leaked.
This is an absolute disaster. The data shows sensitive personal information of registered voters, information that includes your complete address, age, marital status, even as far as email addresses and passport number. This massive data breach is totally unacceptable and government agencies should take the security of the citizen’s data a priority.