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Comelec debunks ‘breach’



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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday has debunked claims that it had lost vital information and data to hackers.

“As far as the Comelec is concerned, we are confident that no information has been hacked from us,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said during a virtual press briefing.

Jimenez made the clarification days after a media company reported the alleged breach.

The Comelec, however, would still know where the alleged hacking report came from, saying it has caused a crack on the credibility of the upcoming elections, Jimenez noted.

“So, it’s very important for the Comelec to address it squarely to really face it, and to show to everyone that our system is secured and that we are doing everything possible and necessary to make sure that our data is protected,” Jimenez said.

He added that the Comelec has sought assistance from the National Bureau of Investigation to probe the hacking report.

“We are cooperating the law enforcement to determine where this information came from, who is behind it, and what the motivations are,” he said.

Jimenez noted that information, such as cluster precincts, does not exist on the Comelec website.

“This information does not exist in our system yet. That is why we are very doubtful of this alleged hacking,” he said.

“It is the election season, and one thing that we can assume is that whoever did this must have known that this would have a negative effect on the credibility of the elections. And because of that, we are very intent on finding out who is behind this because we have to defend the integrity of the elections as well,” Jimenez added.

It can be recalled that the poll body’s official website had been defaced in 2016 when hackers allegedly leaked voters’ data.

“This has caused tremendous consequences for the Comelec. Our procedures have changed, our ways of handling our electronic data have changed,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez, however, stressed that the Comelec website is no longer prone to hacking. It is supported by firewalls of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

“So, it’s there. It’s protected against intrusion. Its interactivity features are off to prevent any sort of hacking from the outside,” he added.