Atty. Glenn Chong said that the digital election system must be a private network. All servers are within the network. However, he uncovers that access to Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and X-Hub were undertaken. Yes, someone was watching porn videos. Accessing them can be blocked because this is a security threat. Somebody within the DNS is accessing these sites while the election transmissions were going on.
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[VIDEO]: Election Committee to look into the digital election system security as porn watching was detected by Atty. Glenn Chong
With the access to public sites not blocked, Chong fears that the security of the digital poll system may have been compromised. However, the Smartmatic representative seems to remain clueless. Moreover, we can remember him not being able to explain how the source code works. Consequently, Chong is urging the oversight committee to look into this issue.
Election 2019 Preparation
Before the Philippines set forth for the 2019 elections, Comelec officials, stakeholders, and lawmakers are set for a hearing on the automated poll system. The Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System conducted this on the 13th of September.
Attendees and Purpose
Lawmakers from both the Senate and the House of Representatives compose the JCOC. They are set to tackle the recommendations of the Comelec Advisory Council for the 2019 elections. Furthermore, they also need to discuss enhancements on the automated election system as well as the problems encountered last elections.
Quoting Jose Tolentino Jr, the Comelec Executive Director, “To eliminate these kinds of doubts, for the 2019 elections, aside from the source code of the VCM, the EMS, and the CCS, we have required the international certification entity to also look at the source code of the transmission system.” This is what he said on the hearing of the JCOC on AES.
Comelec officials, election watchdogs, and technology experts served as panelists at the hearing. Chairman Sheriff Abas led the Comelec officials. Moreover, Tolentino also gave a view of what the situation so far is, on the AES. To quote him, The Comelec has “purchased 97,350 units of vote-counting machines, and all of them passed through hardware acceptance tests,”