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NBI nabs 2nd Comelec website hacker

/ 01:24 PM April 29, 2016
Defaced Comelec website

Defaced Comelec website

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested the second suspected hacker of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) website, Radyo Inquirer reported on Friday.

The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Jonel de Asis and was arrested in his Muntinlupa City home Thursday night by virtue of a search warrant.

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De Asis, just like the first Comelec website hacker 23-year-old Paul Loui Biteng, has admitted to the crime.

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In his admission, De Asis told the NBI that he only wanted to prove that the poll body’s website has weak safeguards and is susceptible to hacking.

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NBI Cybercrime Division’s Atty. Ronaldo Aguto said that they had difficulty in tracking down De Asis.

Comelec chairman Andres Bautista and NBI Director Virgilio Mendez talked to De Asis in a closed-door meeting.

Bautista then told reporters that De Asis admitted that he was the “mastermind” of the hacking of the Comelec website where they were able to get 340-gigabyte worth of data.

Seized from De Asis were his mobile phone and personal computer.

NBI said that they are still looking for a third suspect. AJH/With a report from Erwin Aguilon, Radyo Inquirer/CDG 

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