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Every registered voter in the Philippines is now susceptible to fraud and other risks after a massive data breach leaked the entire database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC).
While initial reports have downplayed the impact of the leak, our investigations showed a huge number of sensitive personally identifiable information (PII)–including passport information and fingerprint data–were included in the data dump.
Reports stated that while some of the data were encrypted, there were some fields that were left wide open.
Cybercriminals can choose from a wide range of activities to use the information gathered from the data breach to perform acts of extortion.
In a statement, COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez admits that the security of the website is not high.
This also brings to the fore the importance of having data protection officers that would be responsible for the legal requirements as well as securing all types of crown jewels or highly sensitive data of organizations.What is alarming is that this crucial data is just in plain text and accessible to everyone.Interestingly, we also found a whopping 15.8 million record of fingerprints and a list of people running for office since the 2010 elections.Following the defacement of the COMELEC website on March 27 by a hacker group, a second hacker group posted COMELEC’s entire database online.Within the day, they added three more mirror links where the database could be downloaded.
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COMELEC officials claimed that there were no sensitive information stored in the database.