Another polling commissioner believes no Comelec server hack took place │ GMA News Online

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Another polling commissioner said she believed the Electoral Commission (Comelec) servers had not been hacked.

In GMA News’ Tina Panganiban-Perez’s interview with Comelec Commissioner Aimee Ferolino on Friday, the pollster said the relevant data mentioned in the report was not yet posted online.

“I don’t think there was a hack…As far as I know, said data is not online,” she said.

“So how can there be a breach if no one can access the data through the internet? ” she asked.

Currently, Ferolino said Comelec Commissioner Marlon Helmetjo, head of the Eleksyon 2022 steering committee, is already leading the polling body’s efforts to verify the report.

“Allegedly breached data is handled by management [committee] with Commissioner Marlon Casquejo at the helm…I have confidence that Commissioner Casquejo and the rest of the Comelec staff are doing their best so that we can have safe, accurate, free and fair elections,” she said. declared.

A similar argument was raised by Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon in a tweet last Tuesday.

“How can they hack into our @COMELEC servers when we don’t have a PIN yet? [Information Technology Department] The manager told me that we don’t have any PIN codes yet,” Guanzon said.

According to the Manila Bulletin report, the hackers downloaded more than 60 gigabytes of data from Comelec’s servers, supposedly compromising the 2022 state and local elections.

Among the data that was uploaded are the usernames and PINs of the vote counting machines (VCM).

Apart from these, hackers would have accessed network diagrams, IP addresses, list of all privileged users, domain admin credentials, list of all passwords and domain policies, access to ballot management dashboard and canvasser office QR code captures with login and password.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez earlier said there was no evidence to support the alleged data breach.

Jimenez had previously said they were still validating the alleged hacking of the poll data, questioning the veracity of the report arguing that there was nothing to hack since that data is not yet available.

The National Privacy Commission, meanwhile, said it was already investigating the alleged leak, asking Comelec to explain the incident.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology also said it would conduct its own investigation into the alleged hack.

Election watchdog National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) on Thursday urged the polling body to consult with information technology experts to resolve the reported data breach. —RSJ, GMA News

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