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bazirollAnonymous Member Arrested for the COMELEC Hack
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Philippine authorities announced they arrested Paul Biteng, a 23-year-old college student, for his role in the hacking of the Philippines Commission on Elections (COMELEC) website.

The COMELEC hack took place on March 27, when members of the Anonymous Philippines group defaced the website leaving a message behind, warning that some corrupt government officials may try to abuse PSOC (Precinct Count Optical Scan) devices to manipulate votes in the upcoming Presidential election.

A few days later, members of the LulzSec Philippines hacking crew breached the same website, but instead of leaving another message on its frontpage, these hackers opted to steal all the Filipino voter records and dump them online.
"It took three weeks for authorities to track down the hacker"

Following a three-week investigation, the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) announced it tracked down and arrested Biteng on Wednesday night, April 20, in Manila.

Officials say he's a member of the Anonymous group and that they're still looking for two other suspects that aided Biteng deface the website. Investigators didn't provide information to reveal if these two collaborators are members of Anonymous or LulzSec.

According to the NBI, besides the COMELEC website, Biteng has defaced 25 other government sites. Among hacked websites, officials enumerated the sites of the Civil Service Commission, the Dipolog city government, and PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration).

Investigators say that his prolific activity has helped them track him down, the hacker leaving many clues that tied him to the COMELEC hack and revealed his true identity.
"COMELEC data was briefly available online as a search-through website"

Two days ago, data from the COMELEC hack surfaced online on the wehaveyourdata.com website which allowed users to search the private details of any Filipino voter. Authorities have taken down the website in the meantime.

Below are videos from the press conference held by Philippine officials and electoral authorities.
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