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NBI probes into data breach on PNP, gov’t offices

April 21, 2023 People's Journal 283 views

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has conducted an investigation into the alleged massive data breach on law enforcement agencies and government departments, concluding that its systems have not been compromised by the breach.

While the breached data allegedly includes copies of NBI Clearance, the agency has stated that these documents were normally released to the applicants who may then use them for their intended purposes.

In a statement, the NBI confirmed that their vulnerability assessment results showed that the alleged breach does not involve any of their systems.

The NBI added that the compromised data contained documents and information that are not related to their hiring and selection process.

However, the NBI assured of continued monitoring and investigating the alleged data breach to ensure the safety of applicants’ information.

It stressed that the agency gives paramount importance to data privacy, not only for national security but protecting the public as well.

VPN research firm, VPNMentor, reported a data breach on enforcement agencies and government departments.

The firm claimed that 817 gigabytes of data handled by the police and other law enforcement offices were compromised.

Approximately 1.279 million records with the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and PNP’s Special Action Force (SAF) were exposed.

Alliance of Concerned Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro expressed concern over the latest data breach, stating that it puts into question the safety of personal data under the National Identification Card System and subscriber identity module (SIM) card registration.