Manila prosecutor orders raps vs Comelec hacker

"The recommendation is to file cases of illegal access to computer system, data interference and misuse of devices, all punishable under Section 4 of RA (Republic Act) 10175," Chief Inquest Prosecutor Joven Senados said.

The charges will be filed before the Manila Regional Trial Court. Mr. Senados said that under Department of Justice (DoJ) Circular No. 020 of 2015, bail is set at no less than P120,000 for each case.

The MPO gave weight to the National Bureau of Investigation's finding that the dummy account used to hack the Comelec Web site on March 27 belonged to Mr. Biteng.

Mr. Biteng, a fresh graduate of information technology, went through inquest proceedings after he was arrested in Sampaloc, Manila on April 20.

The suspect told police he merely defaced the site to expose its vulnerability to potential breaches.

As his arrest was announced to the media on April 21, a group called Lulzsec Philippines publicly released the hacked voter data through a user-friendly, searchable Web site called

The Web site has been taken down by authorities the following day, but technology experts fear that the stolen personal information has already been copied and mirrored in the dark Web for possible criminal activities.

While the government said the leakage would not affect the security of the automated elections, concerns were expressed about identity theft and invasion of privacy.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas was prompted on April 22 to issue a memorandum for banks to tighten their guard and require additional information to verify customers' identities.

Source: Bworld Online