‘ComeLeaks Version 2?’ Bayan Muna Alarmed by Hacking of Comelec Servers

Here’s the reaction of Bayan Muna representative over alleged Comelec server hacking

COMELEC – House Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate was alarmed by reports that the servers of the Commission on Elections were hacked.

Comelec server hacking
Photo credit: Manila Bulletin

Earlier, reports surfaced that hackers were able to allegedly steal information from Comelec servers.

Based on the report of Manila Bulletin, the hacking took place on Saturday, January 8, and among the key information that were retrieved are usernames and personal identification numbers of vote-counting machines (VCM).

Many were worried about the incident because it might affect the upcoming elections.

Among those who aired a statement about the hacking of the Comelec servers is no less than House Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate .

According to him, the poll body must investigate the incident thoroughly.

“Is this ComeLeaks Version 2? This is a deja vu that we dread, if indeed this is true, as this may compromise the integrity of the May 9 national and local elections,” he said.

Zarate said that this is a very serious matter and that Congress should also make an investigation.

He cited that the credibility of the May 9 elections might be put in question if the incident was not addressed.

Zarate compared the hacking incident with Omicron, the most transmissible coronavirus variant, that should not be dismissed easily.

Meanwhile, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez claimed that the information obtained by the hackers does not exist yet in the poll body’s systems because these files have not been completed yet. Comelec is still validating the alleged data breach.

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