PNP fast-tracking probe in alleged database leak

April 28, 2023 People's Journal 237 views

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is expediting its investigation into the alleged PNP recruitment application portal leak that was reported by a cyber security researcher, PNP Public Information Office (PIO) chief Col. Redrico Maranan said Friday.

“As an immediate response to the said report by the National Privacy Commission, the Anti-Cyber Crime Group (ACG) of the PNP is currently exerting efforts in fast-tracking its internal investigation to determine if there are possible violations of the provisions of the Data Privacy Act (Republic Act 10173),” Maranan said in a statement.

He said the PNP Directorate for Information and Communications Technology is also assessing the systems to determine possible violations or lapses in protocols and procedures.

Maranan issued the statement after a report by cyber security researcher Jeremiah Fowler that a database containing 1.2 million records of police officers and applicants has been “exposed.”

In a report posted on vpnMentor, Fowler said the database appears to have been breached and urged Philippine authorities to look into the matter and find out who might be behind it.

Maranan, however, said the PNP is standing by the statement of Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary John E. Uy that “there was no hacking incident, intrusion, or breach on the PNP database.”

He said the PNP is actively coordinating with the DICT for a parallel investigation.

“We assure the public that we are closely collaborating with DICT to ensure the security, safety, and privacy of information in the custody of the PNP to strictly comply with the provisions of the Data Privacy Act,” Maranan said.

Meanwhile, the PNP- Anti-Cybercrime Group welcomed the 90-day extension for the registration of subscriber identity module (SIM) cards.

“The ACG supports the extension date of SIM registration because it gives those who fail to register their SIM cards an opportunity to be registered. On the other hand, this will mean that ACG needs to be more vigilant as online fraudsters will have 90 days more of opportunity to try and scam others using prepaid SIM cards,” the group said in a statement. Philippine News Agency