Hackers in the Phillippines have been warned of the serious punishments that could result if they try and interfere with the upcoming elections in the country.
Ferdinand Rafanan, head of the Commission on Elections’ law department, is quoted in news reports as saying:
“If the automated election system is going to be hacked, that would amount to electoral sabotage where the penalty is definitely life imprisonment.”
The warning comes after a series of government websites were hacked by activists since December. In the most recent incident the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) website was defaced with an image of a man making an offensive gesture, and redirecting visitors to the site of Smartmatic, who supply polling machines.
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