Comelec hacker faces raps

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Manila Prosecutor's Office has found probable cause to indict the alleged hacker of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) website.

In a one-page resolution signed by Manila Chief Inquest Prosecutor Joven Senados, Paul Biteng, 23, also known as "PhantomHacker Khalifa," is recommended charged before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) for violations of the Cybercrime Prevention Act specifically on access, data interference and illegal use of devices.

The prosecutor gave weight to complainant National Bureau of Investigation's (NBI) evidence that the account used in hacking the Comelec website is owned by Biteng. The NBI also claims there is an indication that the computer and mobile phone seized from Biteng upon his arrest were used in the hacking.

Biteng was subjected to inquest proceedings last Thursday after he was arrested in Sampaloc, Manila by the NBI Cybercrimes Division.

The hacking incident on Easter Sunday led to the disruption of the poll body's website, including its precinct-finder feature.

The NBI continues to investigate the incident.