Personal information of around 55 million people in the Philippines have been compromised by a group of -hackers-. A website recently up by “LulzSec Pilipinas” claimed it carries the sensitive data — such as full name, complete address and fingerprint data of voters.
However, Comelec claims that no sensitive information was released, according to multiple reports. The COMELEC has not yet verified the accuracy of the data the -hackers- claim to have copied, and the investigation is ongoing.
Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro believes the incident is the biggest government-related data -breach- in history and that authorities are downplaying the problem.
“Every registered voter in the Philippines is now susceptible to -fraud- and other risks.”
How to protect yourself?
Change your email passwords and contact your credit card company (if you have) to tell them your personal information may have been compromised due to the data leak.
The website’s homescreen contains three search fields asking for a person’s given name, surname, and mother’s maiden name. You can check if your name is listed.