Concerns regarding the upcoming May 2016 automated elections grew stronger after the recent hacking of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) website database left election reform advocates and I.T. specialists worrying over the credibility of the electronic polls.
Philippine Computer Society’s Toti Casiño urged Comelec not to take for granted the consequences of the hacking and the implications the incident has brought upon the technology in which the automated elections is about to be run with.
Casiño’s primary concern is that the hackers might have left malware and other unwanted programs that went undetected which may cause disruptions come election day and may put elections results in a vulnerable place where it can be easily manipulated.
Despite the Comelec’s reassurance that the computerized system which will mobilize the electronic polls is no longer dependent on the hacked database, election reform advocates remain unconvinced of the accuracy of the automated polls.
Even the poll body itself has not said outright that it has completely secured its website.
“The website as viewed by the public is an integral part of the automated election system. Any part of the system that is attacked, including the website, will cast doubt on the results of the elections,” I.T. expert Lito Averia added.
The hack is currently undergoing investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), but there are no recent updates regarding their findings. (Carizza Ibañez)