Philippine Electoral Records Leaked in Government HackAdded: Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
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Over 50 million Filipinos saw their personal data exposed in a breach of the government electoral commission. The breach contains a huge amount of sensitive information, including the fingerprints of 16 million people and passport details of 1.3 million overseas voters.
A hacker group called Anonymous Philippines breached the website of the Commission on Elections on March 27, defacing the homepage with a message accusing the Commission of failure to ensure the security of voting machines used in the upcoming election. Later on March 27, another hacking group called LulzSec Pilipinas published a link to the entire 338GB database of the Commission, containing 75 million individual entries on the electoral register, of which 54 million not tagged as disapproved, which corresponds to the number of registered voters in the Philippines.
So, the Philippines appeared to be the biggest government related data breach ever, even surpassing the Office of Personnel Management hack last year that leaked personal details, including fingerprints and social security numbers of 20 million American citizens. Moreover, it also exceeds the recent record-breaking release of personal data on 49 million people from the Turkish citizenship database.
Security experts warn that the Philippine hack leaves people exposed to crime, as cybercriminals can choose any way to use the information gained from the hack in their acts of extortion. For example, such information is often used to illegally access bank accounts, collect more information about specific persons, send out phishing emails, help in blackmail or extortion, and so on.
In the official response, the Commission on Elections downplayed the effect of the data breach, pointing out that the database in its website was originally accessible to the public and contained no sensitive information. The representatives of the government also explained they would be using another website for the election, especially for results reporting, and its security protection would be much better. However, security experts had to admit that their own investigations revealed a lot of sensitive personally identifiable information, such as passport details and fingerprint data, included in the data dump published by the hacking group.
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