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Comelec equipment to undergo forensic examination

Distor said they were tasked to closely coordinate with the Comelec thus he mobilized their cybercrime division as well as the NCR and special project teams to closely coordinate with the Comelec

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) disclosed on Sunday that a digital forensic examination of some equipment of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be conducted to determine if the recent reports of hacking were true.

According to NBI officer-in-charge Eric Distor, the bureau’s experts will start its probe on the reported hacking of the poll body as they were tasked to closely coordinate with the Comelec during the forensic examination.

Distor said that he already mobilized their cybercrime division as well as the National Capital Region (NCR) and special project teams to closely coordinate with the Comelec.

To recall, Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra tasked the NBI to mobilize its cybercrime division and special project team after the Comelec sought their assistance.

Distor said they are closely coordinating with the proper authorities through their IT for any development.

In the initial examination conducted by cyber experts of the NBI, they noted that there were no evidence of hacking at the Comelec warehouse after they conducted a site inspection in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on Saturday amid reports of alleged hacking of data for the May 2022 polls.

Distor said they looked into the configuration and the testing area and they were convinced that the hacking did not happen in the area.

Guevarra, on the other hand, said that they looked into the matter closely as certain documents were turned over to the NBI for validation and authentication and stressed that there will be a thorough investigation and it is now in progress.

The Comelec, meantime, gave an assurance that its system was not linked to the internet or any other network that could expose it to hacking.

According to Comelec commissioner Marlon Casquejo, the NBI saw that their system is not connected to the internet or any network and their data is not yet generated, thus hackers cannot get anything because the poll body still does not have data generated in Sta. Rosa.

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