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Hacking was avoidable: PRITS assures that the SEC did not have the website protections activated | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker

The failures in the State Elections Commission (SEC) web page could have been avoided with a simple system of system protection, which allegedly was not installed the night of the New Progressive Party (PNP) and Popular Democratic Party (PPD) primaries.

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Antonio Ramos Guardiola, chief executive of the Puerto Rico Innovation and Technology Service (PRITS) confirmed to El Nuevo Día that the SEC manages its own computer system, as established by law. However, due to the collapse of the electoral results page, they asked PRITS for advice. The official reiterated that the agency he directs could only give advice to the SEC, and not intervene with the system.

“There are different types of prevention mechanisms, such as the virtual firewall that is placed between the client and the server where the results would be. There are other types of tools that help prevent this. Which one is used or which one would be used is a discretion of the SEC. We are here to provide support,” he said, adding that the SEC does have these protection systems.


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