Comelec will meet with Smartmatic executives to tackle alleged file leaks

MANILA, Philippines — The Electoral Commission (Comelec) will meet with officials from Smartmatic on Thursday afternoon to discuss alleged leaks of its files, polling firm chairman Saidamen Pangarungan said.

Smartmatic is the nation’s automated election system service provider.

“‘Yung tungkol sa (Regarding) Smartmatic, we have addressed this issue…We have asked Smartmatic to submit the report on what happened to this leaking of (their) files…by an employee,” he said. said Pangarungan during a press briefing.

“We also demanded the [National Bureau of Investigation] submit its report. So this afternoon we are meeting with senior officials of Smartmatic para pag-usapan namin itong incident na ito (to discuss the incident),” he added.

Senator Imee Marcos, chairman of the Congressional Joint Elections Oversight Committee, earlier revealed that a Smartmatic employee allowed hackers to copy data from a laptop provided by the company.

READ: Lawmakers cite Smartmatic leak; let’s wait for NBI, says Comelec

Comelec then said it would review its contract with Smartmatic following the allegations of a security breach.

READ: Comelec to review contract with Smartmatic amid security breach allegations

In January, the Manila Bulletin reported that Comelec servers had been hacked, resulting in the theft of files.

READ: Comelec questions systems breach report; says validation in progress

Comelec questioned the accuracy of the report but nevertheless assured that validation was in progress.

READ: NBI launches investigation into alleged Comelec hack and data breach – Guevarra

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