NBI nabs second suspect in Comelec web-site hacking
THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday announced the arrest of another hacker, who allegedly released online vital information of registered voters stolen from the database of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
In a media briefing, the NBI identified the suspect as Joenel de Asis, 23, an information technology graduate at the Technological University of the Philippines.
De Asis was arrested at his residence in Muntinlupa City by virtue of a search warrant
Comelec Chairman Andres D. Bautista told reporters that de Asis admitted responsibility for the uploading of the 340-gigabyte data stolen from the Comelec via wehaveyourdata.com.
NBI Computer Crimes Division Executive Officer Lorenzo Lazaro said de Asis’s involvement was established through inspection of his cellular phones and computers conducted by authorities.
“Gusto nya patunayan na ma- daling makapasok sa Comelec web site,” Bautista, said when asked for de Asis’s objective in hacking the Comelec web site.
Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said de Asis admitted that the hacking would not affect the conduct of the national and local elections on May 9.
“There were encrypted files that they fail to decrypt, but we are still determining the scope of the hacking of our web site,” Jimenez said.
The NBI last week arrested Paul Loui Biteng, also an IT graduate, at his home in Sampaloc, Manila.
Biteng admitted responsibility over the defacement of Comelec’s web site in March, but denied leaking Comelec’s database.
Both Biteng and de Asis are facing violation of the provisions of the Cybercrime Prevention Act.
The NBI said that apart from Biteng and de Asis, its investigators are still hunting down a third suspect.