In­fected e-vot­ing tablets halt Ju­lau polling results

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

KUALA LUMPUR: The PKR Cen­tral Elec­tion Com­mit­tee has sus­pended the Ju­lau divi­sion results in the PKR elec­tion un­til the in­fected tablet de­vices used for vot­ing are restored and data in­te­gra­tion process can be car­ried out.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Rashid Din was non-com­mit­tal when asked on when the results could be an­nounced.

“We will up­date you on Mon­day (to­mor­row),” he told the New Straits Times Press.

In a state­ment, he said the party was in­ves­ti­gat­ing if the in­ci­dent also af­fected other divi­sions where vot­ing was be­ing con­ducted.

He said in­ves­ti­ga­tions found that the Prey Anti-Theft soft­ware had been in­stalled in the cen­tral com­mit­tee’s e-vot­ing tablets that were al­lo­cated for the di­vi­sional polls yes­ter­day around 4am.

Rashid said the is­sue was de­tected by the Sys­tems and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy unit un­der the com­mit­tee at 2pm, when the e-vot­ing sys­tem mal­func­tioned.

“Af­ter the checks, we found that 10 e-vot­ing tablets that were used at the time were in­fected by the soft­ware.

“Re­ports were then sent to the cy­ber­se­cu­rity team in Petaling Jaya. They found that the soft­ware was meant to erase the evot­ing ap­pli­ca­tion in the tablet, steal data and change pass­words, and to con­trol the tablets by us­ing re­mote com­put­ers,” he added.

Rashid said the unit would be ad­dress­ing the prob­lem by chang­ing the vot­ing mode to off­line and by shut­ting down the de­vice ad­min­is­tra­tor priv­i­lege, as well as unin­stalling the an­titheft ap­pli­ca­tion.

The Ju­lau polls have been plagued with con­tro­versy due to 12,946 new names in­cor­po­rated into the party records on June 27, mark­ing a 2,147 per cent in­crease from the day be­fore.

How­ever, PKR sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Seri Sai­fud­din Na­su­tion Is­mail claimed that its records for the divi­sion in Sarawak were above board and ap­proved by the party’s po­lit­i­cal bureau and cen­tral lead­er­ship coun­cil.

He dis­puted claims that the ad­dresses of about 11,000 mem­bers were sus­pi­cious and in­stead sug­gested the por­tal that ex­posed the mat­ter had sighted an in­ac­cu­rate copy of the mem­ber­ship records.

Sai­fud­din did not ad­dress the mount­ing news coverage by Sarawak me­dia on peo­ple claim­ing they were reg­is­tered as Ju­lau PKR divi­sion mem­bers with­out their knowl­edge.

PIC BY MOHD RADZI BU­JANG

Ju­lau PKR mem­bers wait­ing to vote at the Ju­lau sports com­plex yes­ter­day.

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