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Apr 28, 2016
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The individual who allegedly hacked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) website is facing a maximum sentence of up to 60 years in jail, if proven guilty of violating the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

If so, Paul Biteng, who is only 23 years old and has already been dubbed a "master hacker" by the National Bureau of Investigation, might be walking out of jail by the time he's in his eighties.

This was after the Manila Prosecutor's Office approved the filing of three charges against Biteng, namely: illegal access, data interference, and misuse of device, the Inquirer reported.

Chief Inquest Prosecutor Jovencio Senados explained that the three charges only carry a jail term of up to 12 years each but the judge can increase it to 20 years when the crime involves a "critical infrastructure."

"When you commit a crime against critical infrastructures, the penalty will go [up] one degree higher," explained Senados. "The Comelec is considered a critical infrastructure, especially now during the election period."

Senados also said the bail for Biteng was set at P600,000 for the three offenses committed.

Senator Ralph Recto, however, has other plans for Biteng, suggesting to the government to hire him to help boost their website security, Philstar reported.

"Instead of wasting their talents, these Filipino internet experts should be employed by the executive department as white hat hackers to protect us from real cyber-criminals," he said.

Biteng, who recently graduated from an information technology course, was arrested by the NBI at his home in Balic-Balic, Sampaloc, Manila last week.

He admitted hacking the Comelec website but denied creating the searchable database where the information of over 70 million Filipino voters were exposed.

 

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