NBI launches investigation into alleged Comelec hacking, info breach – Guevarra

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MANILA, Philippines – The Nationwide Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has introduced its investigation into the alleged hacking and info breach incident at the Election Fee (Comelec), Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra explained Saturday.

“Currently, the NBI done a bodily safety inspection of the Comelec services in Laguna, together with associates from Smartmatic and Comelec,” Guevarra told reporters.

“Some documents have been handed in excess of to the NBI for validation and authentication. A thorough investigation is now underway, “he included.

This created following Comelec sought the NBI’s help to investigate the incident, Guevarra stated, prompting the agency to mobilize its cybercrime division and exclusive project crew.

This all produced after a Manila Bulletin report claimed that the electoral body’s systems ended up breached and compromised, which led to the theft of documents, which includes consumer names and PINs of vote-counting equipment (VCMs). ).

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez, even so, questioned the report by explaining that the alleged stolen info does not but even exist in Comelec’s systems.

Election Commissioner (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon herself also denied the incident, labeling the report “faux information”.

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