As hap­pened in sev­eral other states ear­lier, the PKR polls were marred in Sarawak too – fra­cas and cy­ber­at­tack claims led to sus­pen­sion of results from the con­tro­ver­sial Ju­lau divi­sion.

JPP finds tablets used for vot­ing com­pro­mised

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KUCH­ING: Claims of a “cy­ber­at­tack” have led to the sus­pen­sion of polling results from the con­tro­ver­sial Ju­lau divi­sion even as the PKR party elec­tion got un­der­way in Sarawak.

The party’s cen­tral elec­tion com­mit­tee (JPP) chief Datuk Rashid Din said 10 tablets used for e-vot­ing at the Ju­lau polling sta­tion were found to have been com­pro­mised with the Prey anti-theft soft­ware.

“In­for­ma­tion from the JPP cy­ber­se­cu­rity team in Petaling Jaya stated that the soft­ware was used to erase the e-vot­ing app, steal data, change the pass­word and re­motely con­trol the tablets,” he said yes­ter­day.

Rashid said the JPP’s sys­tem and IT unit took im­me­di­ate mea­sures to re­solve the prob­lem, in­clud­ing switch­ing the e-vot­ing to off­line mode and unin­stalling the Prey soft­ware.

“The JPP is sus­pend­ing the results for Ju­lau un­til the tablets are restored and the data is pro­cessed,” he said, adding that pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions found that the soft­ware was phys­i­cally in­stalled onto the tablets at 4am yes­ter­day. Dis­cov­ery of the soft­ware was made at about 2pm.

The JPP, said Rashid, was also in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether sim­i­lar cy­ber­at­tacks had hap­pened in other places that voted yes­ter­day.

Deputy pres­i­dent can­di­date Rafizi Ramli, who was in Ju­lau, called on the party to thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.

“There have been sus­pi­cions all along that the sys­tem is com­pro­mised. Now that there is clear con­fir­ma­tion from the JPP, I hope the party will get to the bot­tom of this.

“I don’t ac­tu­ally care that much whether I win or not be­cause we are all in the same party. De­fend­ing the in­tegrity of the (vot­ing) process is more im­por­tant,” he told re­porters.

Rafizi said it was now up to the JPP to de­cide whether Ju­lau needed to vote again.

Early results from the first day of polling in Sarawak showed Rafizi to be trail­ing his ri­val, the in­cum­bent deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

The un­of­fi­cial tally from 17 of the 22 divi­sions which voted yes­ter­day showed Azmin gar­ner­ing 2,642 votes while Rafizi had 1,322.

Ac­cord­ing to the results, Azmin won in Batang Lu­par, Ban­dar Kuch­ing, Lanang, Batang Sadong, Sara­tok, Lawas, Baram, Kanowit, Hulu Ra­jang, Kota Sa­ma­ra­han, Se­lan­gau, Lubok Antu and Be­tong. The Se­rian, Miri, Kapit and Sibuti divi­sions went to Rafizi.

An­other seven divi­sions will vote to­day to con­clude the party polls.

Sarawak PKR elec­tion co­or­di­na­tor Des­mond Kho said polling went smoothly al­though the turnout of about 30% was lower than ex­pected.

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