April 7, 2016
Anonymous Philippines, the local branch of the famous hacker collective, broke into the website of the Philippines Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and left a message warning about possible fraud during next month’s presidential ballot.
The incident took place on March 27, and the defacement message was removed two days later. The hackers also posted a video on social media, warning officials not to tamper with the public’s vote.
Anonymous Philippines members feared that some corrupt government officials may try to abuse PSOC (Precinct Count Optical Scan) devices to manipulate votes in favor of one candidate or another. Hackers claim they only want fair elections.
“Comelec, it is your mandate to protect the integrity of our votes. The people want an honest election. We demand legitimate election results. We hope for encouraging changes in the electoral system,” the hackers said in their video.