Comelec servers hacked, over 60GB of data downloaded
Sensitive voter data may have been compromised after a group of hackers was allegedly able to breach the servers of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), according to an exclusive report by Manila Bulletin (MB).
The report states that hackers have downloaded over 60GB of data that could affect the May 2022 elections.
The incident was discovered by the MBTechnews team. They found that the hackers’ group managed to breach the system of the Comelec last Saturday, January 8, 2022, and download files that included usernames and PINS of vote-counting machines (VCM), among others.
The MBTechnews team immediately informed Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez of its findings. Moreover, Jimenez said he would bring the information to the attention of the Comelec Steering Committee.
Meanwhile, in a call with MBTechnews today, January 10, 2022, Jimenez said he has yet to get a reply from the Comelec Steering Committee.
MBTechnews also noted that other downloaded files include network diagrams, IP addresses, a list of all privileged users, domain admin credentials, list of all passwords and domain policies, access to the ballot handling dashboard, and QR code captures of the bureau of canvassers with login and password.
Furthermore, MB Technews said that a source contacted and provided them with the information regarding the incident last Saturday, January 8, 2022.
Source: Manila Bulletin