The website was restored hours after it was defaced on Sunday night by the hacker group Anonymous Philippines, the Commission on Election said.

hackersThe group said it was concerned about the vote-counting machines to be used in the May 9 elections. “We request the implementation of the security features on the PCOS (precinct count optical scan) machines,” it posted on the defaced website.

“Commission on Elections, we are watching!” Commission spokesman James Jimenez said that while the databases of the website was intact, some features were affected and would be restored after the system has been checked. “As a standard with every intrusion, we are taking the time to really make sure that we remove all the malware codes,” he said.

He said the automated election system has its own protection and security features, which are higher than those used for the website.

Aside from the president, Filipinos will also elect a vice president, 12 senators, hundreds of congressional representatives and tens of thousands of local officials.



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