Philippines election body probes hacking report, says no breach

MANILA – The Philippines’ election agency on Wednesday stated it had tapped legislation enforcers and data safety experts to appear into a information record that stated hackers had compromised its techniques, however insisted no information seashore had took place.

The Manila Bulletin newspaper on Monday said a suspected breach on election servers and that hackers allegedly accessed and downloaded an estimated 60 gigabytes of information, that included “usernames and PINS of vote-counting machines.”

Fee on Elections (COMELEC) commissioner Rowena Guanzon dismissed the story as “fake news” in a tweet.

COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez advised a regular media briefing: “We see no proof of any form of breach,”

He mentioned the allegations, that have alarmed presidential candidates, have been being verified.

The Manila Bulletin didn’t right away reply to a request for comment on its file.

Manila Bulletin gained data on the cyber assault from a supply on the weekend, Artwork Samaniego, the newspaper’s tech information editor, advised ANC information channel on Wednesday, with out elaborating.

The stated hacking introduced back reminiscences of an information breach months sooner than the 2016 presidential election, where non-public information, together with passport information of greater than 50 million Filipinos, used to be compromised by means of hackers.

“we must always now not permit this (incident) move and the COMELEC must explain what took place and how will this impact the approaching election,” former boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, who’s running for president, said in a statement.

The National Privateness Fee on Wednesday said it will start its own investigation and called for an evidence from COMELEC and the newspaper.

COMELEC came under scrutiny ultimate 12 months after it provided a logistics company A Philippine logistics corporate headed by means of an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte has secured a 1.61 billion pesos ($32.3 million) agreement to move apparatus and ballots for the 2022 elections, the Fee on Elections mentioned on Wednesday headed by way of an best friend and campaign donor of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte a freelance to move apparatus and ballots for this 12 months’s elections.

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