Hacker who allegedly leaked Comelec data now in NBI custody

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Jonel De Asis (in red hoodie)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista on Friday (April 29) named Jonel De Asis as the alleged second Comelec website hacker.

In a press conference, Bautista and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Virgilio Mendez said De Asis was arrested in Muntinlupa City on Thursday.

The 23-year-old De Asis works for a semi conductor company and is an IT graduate of the Technological University of the Philippines.

De Asis said in an interview he is "proud" of what he did, even considering it an achievement. But with his arrest, he said he is ready to face the consequences of his actions.

He admitted he was the brains behind Lulzsec Pilipinas who leaked the data from Comelec's website of millions of Filipino voters.

"Ang mismong trumabaho kaming dalawa [We were the ones who worked on it.]," referring to his "partner" Paul Biteng, who was earlier arrested by the NBI.

His reason for hacking? To expose the vulnerability of Comelec's website.

De Asis explained the poll body's site is 95 percent secured, but he pointed out the five 5 percent "hole" in the site was significant enough for him to hack the system.

He added he was able to dump 340-gigabyte worth of data online and was picked up by other sources, including wehaveyourdata.com.

De Asis clarified there is no politician using him and has no intention of selling the data.

"Walang pulitikong tao. Kahit mag-offer sila ng pera sa akin tatanggihan ko sila. Hindi ako mukhang pera."

[Translation: There is no politician backing us. Even if they offer, I will refuse. I am not in it for the money.]

Message to voting public

De Asis assured the May 2016 voters not to worry because he believes the vote-counting machines are secured.

"'Wag kayong magalala kasi separate 'yung infra ng VCM sa web. Mas secured 'yung VCM, sa tingin ko."

[Translation: Do not worry because the infra is separate from the web. I think the VCMs are more secured.]

The NBI, for its part, said the story doesn't end here; it is still looking into "activities" related to the "Comeleak."