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Is Your Data Safe? Hackers Expose Pinoy Voters' Personal Info

The leak includes names, birthdates and addresses
by Andrei Medina | Apr 21, 2016
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Local hacker group LulzSec Pilipinas has leaked the personal information of over 70 million registered Filipino voters in one fell swoop after they created a search engine based on sensitive data.

The group claims responsibility for the recent hacking of the Commission on Election (Comelec) website, saying they obtained the information from the poll body's database.

According to the group, they were doing this for "fun," while also serving a wakeup call to government agencies to tighten up their data security.

"Hackers just hack and download data from websites but we make it accessible for anyone. It's one thing to hear news about a huge data leak and another to see your data in a public website. Maybe, at least now, government will start thinking about security of citizens' personal data."

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With the search engine, anyone can search for the personal information of any Filipino voter just by using their first and last names.

It can display basic information like birthdates, and more personal stuff like a voter's address, passport data and even their fingerprint.

This development comes after the National Bureau of Investigation claimed to have arrested one of the hackers allegedly responsible for defacing the Comelec website.

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