NBI nabs se­cond sus­pect in Com­elec web-site hack­ing

Business Mirror - - NEWS - Joel R. San Juan

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.

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