Comelec: Don't use website with leaked voters' data
Patricia Lourdes Viray ( - April 21, 2016 - 3:58am

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections on Thursday advised the public not to use the website where hackers dumped the data of Filipino voters.

"It can be used by the hackers to steal your information and thus expose you even further to the dangers of identity theft," Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement.

Hacker group LulzSec Pilipinas earlier launched a search engine for the data of 70 million Filipino voters and made it available for downloading via torrent file.

READ: Filipino voters' data leaked via search engine

Jimenez said that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Cybercrimes Division is looking into the incident and that the poll body has not yet verified the accuracy of the data that the hackers claimed to have copied.


"I apologize for this continuing attack on your privacy and assure the public that the COMELEC is doing everything we can to resolve this matter at the soonest time possible," Jimenez said.

The poll official said that the website could also be a phishing destination. A phishing site lures Internet users to reveal personal information usually through forms that users fill out.

"I cannot overemphasize: this could be a phishing site. Please do not use or share," Jimenez said.

"Data about you can be gotten from your browser. if you're not there, you've just given them your mom's maiden name," he added.

The NBI earlier confirmed that a person suspected to be responsible for hacking the website of the Comelec had been arrested.

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