‘Nothing to be paranaoid about Comelec data leak’ – IT Expert


A computer security expert reminded Filipino citizens that there is nothing to be paranoid about with the recent leak of data from the servers of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which were hacked barely a month before the local and national polls.

According to computer forensics expert Alexander Ramos, the personal information that the hackers released over the internet were merely details that are also provided by regular citizens to other companies who are collecting such information; including social networking sites.

He also added that the breached personal data will not necessarily have a long-lasting impact on the affected persons, since such information, especially the home addresses, may change through time.

“Voters might have registered the address but they don’t necessarily have to be staying there. I see no value of the data at this point,” Ramos said.

Moreover, Ramos also downplayed speculations that the fingerprint data of voters may be used for illegal purposes; saying that the possibility of its occurrence could be far from reality.

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“You can’t use it like what they do in the movies. It’s impossible. We’re not there yet,” he added.