Archive for April, 2010
Indian electronic voting machines (EVMs) are unsafe and vulnerable to fraud. The findings of the collaborative scientific study of experts trash the Election Commission of india’s unsubstantiated claims for the past 10 months that its EVMs are “fully tamper proof,” “perfect” and needed no technological improvements. Be it ignorance or sheer arrogance, these claims of the ECI lay totally shattered with the new revelations.
The scientific study has demonstrated two kinds of attacks on the EVMs. In fact, both these attacks were mentioned in my book titled “Democracy at Risk! Can we trust EVMs?” (Chapter 14 titled Hacking EVMs, Hijacking the Mandate) released last February. These attacks are there for you all to see now. The authors of the research say that they are easy and can happen in real life situations. The video shows how these attacks can happen.
The team that worked on the [...]
The Election Commission of India has made an amazing confession: that the security and integrity of the entire election system will be compromised if the EVM software and the hardware design becomes known.
This is what technologists, activists and political leaders have been saying for many months now and the Commission had steadfastly refuted such claims with a bizarre “our EVMs are fully tamper proof” claim.
The above revelation was made by the Election Commission in a letter dated March 30, 2010 to V.V. Rao, petitioner in the Supreme Court on the EVMs. I quote below:
”…The Commission is concerned that commercial interests could use the route of reverse engineering (a process by which the original software and hardware configuration can be accessed) which may compromise the security and sanctity of the entire election system.”
“…It is once again made clear that any demonstration of alleged tamperability cannot include reverse-engineering as it compromises security and sanctity of the entire [...]