A group of hackers allegedly breached the servers of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), downloading more than 60 gigabytes of data that could affect the May 2022 elections.
The Manila Bulletin (MB) Technews team discovered that the hackers’ group managed to breach Comelec’s system last Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, and download files containing, among other things, usernames and PINS of vote-counting machines (VCM).
The findings were immediately communicated to Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez by the MB Technews team. Jimenez stated that he would bring the information to the Comelec Steering Committee’s attention.
Network diagrams, IP addresses, a list of all privileged users, domain admin credentials, a list of all passwords and domain policies, access to the ballot handling dashboard, and scans of the bureau of canvassers’ QR codes with login and password were among the other files downloaded.
The information was quickly verified by MBTechnews, who discovered that the servers were indeed being hacked. Further investigation revealed the scope of the hacking, which included Comelec data stolen by the hackers.