If it wasn’t bad enough for 55 million Filipino voters that their personal and identifiable information was made public last month after hackers breached the Commission on Elections’ computer systems and stole the database for the May 9 Philippine national elections, there’s now a search engine for the data dump.
And that should spell trouble for anyone included in the Comelec database — which is more than half the Philippine population — as reports indicated that the stolen data may include one’s address, birthdate, birthplace, names of relatives, passport number, and fingerprint data, among others.
That means anyone with a partial or full name in mind can simply enter the name in the website to fish out sensitive details from the leaked database. Information you wouldn’t want to end up in the wrong hands.
You probably don’t need us to tell you what the implications are for those whose information has been compromised. Being targeted by identity thieves and other criminals is just one of the many threats posed by what experts are calling the biggest breach of government computer networks in the country’s history.
“The database contains a lot of sensitive information, including fingerprint data and passport information. So, we thought that it would be fun to make a search engine over that data,” the website says.
It bears noting that while the search engine can possibly track the personal information of millions of Filipinos, not all voter records have been indexed by the site. But then again, that’s not to say those whose names don’t appear in the search results are not susceptible to security threats.
UPDATE, 7:05 p.m.: Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez posted a statement on Twitter. It reads: