EVM tampering row: plain noise with zero substance

span.p-content div[id^=div-gpt] { line-height: 0px; font-size: 0px;} The Election Commission of India’s open challenge to try and hack the tamper-proof Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) has generated considerable interest about the the security and credibility of these machines. After a deluge of accusations made by some opposition parties, the ECI’s ‘Hackathon’ meeting ended on Friday with a detailed presentation on the security of EVMs by the Commission's top brass. ECI had invited parties to try and hack these machines for a period of two days. While the ECI did what it could to establish the robustness of these devices, doubts still linger about whether or not EVMs completely impregnable and if so, what is it that makes them so secure.

A press release issued by the ECI after the hackathon categorically asserts the invulnerability of EVMs, and debunks all claims of the machines being hacked by any individual or party. The devices that were tampered with at the hackathon, the release says, were look-alikes of EVM and not the genuine kind that the ECI uses. The release goes on to say that any machine made by an individual cannot be deemed as authentic and is therefore to be regarded as a mere gadget.document.write(""); googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineOutOfPageSlot('/6516239/outofpage_1x1_desktop', 'div-gpt-ad-1490771277198-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().enableSingleRequest(); googletag.pubads().enableSyncRendering(); googletag.enableServices(); });

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