India's election commission (EC) openly challenging the public to hack its electronic voting machines(EVM)
The hackathon will be hosted on 10th may
As European countries prepare to ramp up cyber defenses in the face of increasing concerns over the threat of election hacking, India's election commission (EC) has taken an unprecedented step by openly challenging the public to hack its electronic voting machines(EVM). The EC will allegedly host a 10-day hackathon in May, where hackers will make their method to the EC's offices and try their luck.
The hackathon is supposedly directed at assuring the public about effectiveness and the security of EVMs and comes amid opposition parties' allegations about EVMs being exposed to tampering.
India has been using EVMs since 1999, entirely doing away with paper ballots. This lies in stark difference from other Western nations.
Given the lone reliance on voting machines in India, the hazards related to the chance for hacks are substantial. India's EC appears to be assured the EVMs are hack proof. Based on unspecified sources that talked to local media, the commission is slated to meet with the leaders of important political parties ahead of the hackathon to conduct a demo, aimed at demonstrating that the machines can not be manipulated.
The dates of the hackathon are yet to be affirmed, according to reports. In 2009, the commission had then maintained that no one was successful in their efforts to hack on its EVMs and had supposedly hosted a similar event.
Commencing 2019, based on a 2013 Supreme Court ruling, the EC will supposedly use Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) linked to EVMs, for extra security.