COMELEC hack exposes 55M voters information to fraud and other risks
It seems that the hacking of Commission on Elections (COMELEC) website is more concerning that we initially thought.
Just last month, COMELEC’s website was defaced by a group of hackers and has called for their attention to speak out about the upcoming national elections. Afterwards, another group has leaked COMELEC’s entire database online which is considered as the biggest breach of any government data comprising personal information of 55 million registered voters according to a report by Trend Micro.
Although the election governing body claimed that there is no sensitive data involved, Trend Micro’s research says otherwise. They revealed that OFW’s passport details are exposed to the public for easy access plus 15.8 million of fingerprints and list of people dating back to the 2010 elections. What’s alarming is they are just stored in plain text files without any encryption or security.
This information could be used for fraud, phishing, blackmail, and even extortion. You may read about the full report here.