Comelec website hacked a month before polls
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The group Anonymous Philippines on Sunday, March 27, hacked the website of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) a little over a month before the Philippines holds its 3rd automated elections.
Anonymous Philippines, which has hacked other government websites in the past, said it wants the Comelec to implement the security features of vote-counting machines (VCMs), previously known as precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.
"We request the implementation of the security features of the PCOS machines," the hackers said. "Commission on Elections, we are watching!"
The hacked Comelec website displayed a warning from Anonymous Philippines as of 11:30 pm on Sunday. The poll body's website had still been functional at around 8 or 9 pm on the same day.
The site has been restored as of early morning of Monday, March 28.
The hacking comes after Comelec critics said they will file a new case against the poll body this week.
Digital signatures, voting receipts
The new case involves a security feature of VCMs – digital signatures – which, watchdogs said, "should belong to a person, not a machine."
Days before this, the Supreme Court (SC) ordered the Comelec to issue voting receipts as another security feature of VCMs.
Critics said the poll body has ignored these security features since 2010, when the Philippines held its first automated elections.
In its message on the hacked Comelec website, Anonymous Philippines stressed that joining elections is "one of the processes by which people exercise their sovereignty."
"But what happens when the electoral process is so mired with questions and controversies? Can the government still guarantee that the sovereignty of the people is upheld?" the group said.
Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said that while the site has been up since 3:15 am on Monday, they "continue to scour the site" as part of their security measures. – Rappler.com
Who won in the 2016 Philippine elections?
Check out the 2016 official election results through the link below:
- 2016 official election results for Presidential, Vice Presidential, Senatorial, and Party list elections
Check out the 2016 unofficial election results for the national and local races through the links below
- 2016 Philippine Presidential Elections
- 2016 Philippine Vice Presidential Elections
- 2016 Philippine Senatorial Elections
- 2016 Philippine Congressional Elections
- 2016 Party List Elections
- 2016 Philippine Local Elections
In these changing times, courage and clarity become even more important.
Take discussions to the next level with Rappler PLUS — your platform for deeper insights, closer collaboration, and meaningful action.
Sign up today and access exclusive content, events, and workshops curated especially for those who crave clarity and collaboration in an intelligent, action-oriented community.
As an added bonus, we’re also giving a free 1-year Booky Prime membership for the next 200 subscribers.
You can also support Rappler without a PLUS membership. Help us stay free and independent by making a donation: https://www.rappler.com/crowdfunding. Every contribution counts.