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Comelec Apologizes For Data Leak, Asks Public To Change Emails And Passwords

James Jimenez
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They’re doing all that they can to resolve the matter

The Comission on Elections has issued an apology on the leaked voter database debacle earlier tonight right after a group made an easily searchable website of millions and millions of Filipino voter’s information, including addresses, full names, and other sensitive personal information.

The spokesperson of Comelec, lawyer James Jimenez, says that they are doing what they can to resolve the matter.

“I apologize for this continuing attack on your privacy,” he said in a statement.

He has also suggested that people change their email addresses and passwords to protect themselves against the threat of fraud, as well as contact credit card companies and other financial institutions.

“Tayong lahat po. Palitan email addresses and passwords; contact credit card company to tell them maaring damay kayo,” he said.

We strongly suggest that anybody reading this to follow the three steps we outlined in this article. Additionally, it’s also a good idea to contacty your financial institution and instruct them to contact you before any sizable transaction is made remotely to help guard against fraud.

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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4 Comments

  1. SORRY LANG… ???

    COMELEC HAS TOTALLY LOST
    ALL THE REMAINING CREDIBILITY
    THAT IT BEARS… IF THERE’S
    STILL ANY LEFT.

    THE ONLY HONORABLE
    WAY OUT NOW IS FOR ALL THE
    COMELEC LEADERSHIP TO RESIGN
    & SAVE FACE NOT ONLY FOR
    THEMSELVES BUT FOR COUNTRY
    AS A WHOLE…

    ANYTHING LESS IS UTTER
    STUPIDITY & “KAKAPALAN NG
    MUKHA” !!!

    THE FILIPINO IS HONORABLE…
    HE IS NEVER STUPID
    & NOT “MAKAPAL” !!!

    GETS MO COMELEC ???
    NOW SHOW US YOUR TRUE FACE…

  2. Dapat may grupo na bumuo para idemanda yang COMELEC na yan dahil sa kapabayaan sa security ng milyon milyong botante. Sorry lang ang sasabihin tapos magpapayo na palitan ang password at security questions – di naman ito ang issue eh…ang issue ano ang security na ginawa nyo sa mismong website nyo at na-hack ang information ng maraming botante. Be responsible naman at wag hugas kamay puro kayo palusot jan sa COMELEC…mga bugok!!!

  3. COMELEC is asking the public to change email adds, passwords and credit card data. Though it is logical thing to do, they are asking 55million people. Gets nyo, COMELEC? 55million emails and passwords to be replaced in a few days time just to protect ourselves.

    Tapos sasabihin nyo, no sensitive info were taken. Biometrics, full name, address, place and date of birth, profession, phone numbers. These are sensitive information that we, 55million people of the Philippines, entrusted to you for your safeguarding and safekeeping. These info are more than enough for any serious criminal to gain access to our other sensitive information like bank accounts and credit cards.

    Guess how do we feel about it? 55million people living in fear of being exposed to possible frauds. 55million people living in fear of identity theft. I may exhaust all possibilities to list them down, but the bottom line is, dahil kapabayaan nyo, 55million Filipinos were exposed.

    Remember, the government is of the people, by the people and for the people. Tinatawag tayo ni President ng BOSS pero ang COMELEC hindi nakikinig sa kanyang BOSS. And worst, COMELEC exposed the people to some dark elements of society. And I think this can qualify as a crime. This is a crime not only the hackers should suffer punishments, include some people in COMELEC involve in safeguarding our info, starting from the chairman.

    I don’t know what charges for COMELEC yet but I know lawyers can think of something.

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