Anonymous hack election commission raising concerns about scanner machines

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Anonymous Hackers Deface PH Comelec Website – www.philippineslifestyle.com
Anonymous hackers defaced the Commission on Elections (Comelec) website Sunday night, and “requested” that the commission implement security features on Precinct-Count Optical Scanner machines.

The hackers also questioned the accuracy of the upcoming elections, because, they argued, the process “was mired with questions and controversies.”

The Supreme Court had recently ordered the activation of a vote-counting machine feature that prints voting receipts, a security feature also known as a voter verification paper audit trail, for the May national elections.

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Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez meanwhile said that the commission’s Information Technology Department had been informed of the hacking and was in the process of resolving the matter.

He also suggested that citizens who wished to check their voting status, a service the Comelec website could not provide due to the hacking, send a request email to sumbongmo.comelec@gmail.com.

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