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Anonymous Hacktivist Group Member Detained Over COMELEC Attack


Anonymous the hacktivist collective, on 27th March, attacked Philippines' Comelec website followed with modifying its content to prove they believed the whole procedure of election in the country was extremely vulnerable. The collective as well exposed all of the voters' data on the Internet. Now, it's being reported that authorities have arrested one hacker from the collective.

On Thursday, the National Bureau of Investigation substantiated detention of the alleged law-breaker understood to be behind breaching the Philippines Commission on Elections online site Comelec.

Virgilio Mendez, Director of NBI stated officers caught the alleged hacker on Wednesday night based on intelligence the Cyber-crime Division of NBI gathered. The hacker, reportedly, just graduated in IT, however, the officials declined from telling the institution's name.

NBI Cyber-crime Division chief Ronald Aguto said they spent nearly 3 weeks till the arrest was made, adding that they continued to hunt for 2 more hackers also belonging to the collective and behind the hacking.

Moreover as per NBI, alongside Comelec, 25 other websites of the government have been defaced. Of the hacked sites, authorities pointed the websites belonging to the government of Dipolog City, the Civil Service Commission, as well as Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Investigators state that the hacker, Biteng's profuse actions enabled them trace his location while he left many clues showing his association with the Comelec breach as also disclosing his real identity. Softpedia.com posted this, April 23, 2016.

Now ever since the incident, one technical task group has been created for the Comelec which's expected to retrieve all of the hijacked data, take care of the website's security while ensure no repeat of the happening.

According to Trend Micro the technical company, the website breach along with the data leakage from Comelec endangered the details belonging to 55m registered voters within Philippine while they became susceptible to ID-theft. The company reported that possibly the Comelec breach was the greatest historically happening data-hack for any government.

Meanwhile, Comelec assuaging people's fears promised that critical biometrics data of the voters were not contained inside the online exposed database. The hack only consisted of 228,000 e-mail ids.

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