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Barzaga seeks probe on alleged Comelec hacking: Evaluate vulnerabilities, accuracy of automated elections

Jan 14, 2022 @ 13:54

By Billy Begas

Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. has filed a resolution seeking a congressional investigation in the alleged hacking of Commission on Elections (Comelec) servers.

In House Resolution 2436, Barzaga also underscored the need to look into the existing automated electoral process as a whole, “evaluating its strengths, vulnerabilities, and accuracy to ensure the integrity of the electoral process.”

“Whether or not the data hacking incidents at the Comelec are true, the Comelec should be investigated on its technical capacity as a repository of vital information that affects the security of Filipinos,” the resolution read.

Barzaga, president of the National Unity Party, said the congressional probe should also determine if the Comelec has addressed challenges that it has encountered in the automated election process.

The Manila Bulletin tech news team reported that a group of hackers were able to breach the server of Comelec and downloaded sensitive data including usernames and PINS for vote counting machines (VCM).

However, the Comelec said the VCM information still does not exist in Comelec systems simply because the configuration files – which includes usernames and PINs – have not yet been completed.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez also said that while the Comelec’s website is not high, the Automated Voting System (AVS) ran on a different, more secure network and that the recent hack will not affect the machines.

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