Comelec website hacked, defaced by Anonymous Philippines

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) website was hacked and defaced by hacktivist group Anonymous late Easter Sunday evening, March 27.

This screenshot circulated on Facebook
In a message posted on the homepage, the group cited the nation's Constitution.

"One of the processes by which people exercise their sovereignty is through voting in an election- where people choose the candidates who will best represent them, who will serve them under the principle that ‘Public office is a public trust,'" Anonymous Philippines said.

"But what happens when the electoral process is so mired with questions and controversies?" the group asked.

"We request the implementation of the security features on the PCOS machines," it added.

At around 1 a.m. on Monday, March 28, the Comelec website was no longer reachable.

Anonymous hacked the Comelec website days after the group released a video allegedly telling the electoral body to print voting receipts to disable a virus in vote counting machines.

The group claimed that they have deployed a virus in the VCM SD cards, which will activate on election day, May 9, 2016. It warned that there is no way of knowing who really won the elections if the Comelec won't turn on the printing of receipts.

Many netizens lauded Anonymous Philippines for the move.