The Candid Eye

May 4, 2010

India’s Electronic Voting Machines Proven Insecure

In a collaborative study, a team of Indian and international experts have revealed that the electronic voting machines used in Indian elections are vulnerable to fraud. Even brief access to the machines, known in India as EVMs, could allow criminals to alter election results.

These research findings are at odds with claims made by the Election Commission of India, the country’s highest election authority, which has maintained that weaknesses found in other electronic voting systems around the world do not apply to India’s EVMs. Less than a year ago, it stated: “Today, the Commission once again completely reaffirms its faith in the infallibility of the EVMs. These are fully tamper-proof, as ever.” [1] As recently as two days ago, the Chief Election Commissioner described electronic voting machines as “perfect” and claimed that “till today, no individual could prove that the EVMs used by the EC can be tampered with.” [2]

Almost the entire population of India votes on electronic voting machines. There are around 1.4 million of the machines in use, all of the controversial “Direct Recording Electronic” (DRE) variety. Such machines record the votes only to internal memory and provide no paper records for later inspection or recount. With DREs, absolute trust is placed in the hardware and software of the voting machines. Paperless electronic voting systems have been criticized globally and more and more countries and US states are abandoning such systems altogether.

EVM : Image Courtesy - http://indiaevm.org/

In a video released today, the researchers show two demonstration attacks against a real Indian EVM. One attack involves replacing a small part of the machine with a look-alike component that can be silently instructed to steal a percentage of the votes in favor of a chosen candidate. These instructions can be sent wirelessly from a mobile phone. Another attack uses a pocket-sized device to change the votes stored in the EVM between the election and the public counting session (which in India can be weeks later).

This study was performed by researchers at NetIndia, (P)Ltd., in Hyderabad, the University of Michigan in the United States, and at a non-profit in the Netherlands that specializes in electronic voting related issues.

Inside EVM : Image Courtesy - http://indiaevm.org/

The researchers were also surprised to find that the vote-counting software in the EVMs is programmed into so-called “mask programmed microcontrollers,” which do not allow the software to be read out and verified. Because these chips are made in the US and Japan, this has led to a situation in which nobody in India knows for sure what software is in these machines or whether it counts votes accurately.

Hari Prasad is a computer engineer and managing director of NetIndia, a Hyderabad-based technology firm. Prasad organized the study and says the findings are the culmination of a seven month investigation. “Everywhere I looked there were more security problems. I am glad that with the presentation of this work, the debate over whether India’s EVMs are secure is over. We need to look forward now. India deserves a transparent election process, which these machines simply cannot deliver.”

Rop Gonggrijp, a security researcher from the Netherlands, also took part in the study. Says Gonggrijp: “Never mind what election officials say, this research once again shows that the longstanding scientific consensus holds true—DRE voting machines are fundamentally vulnerable. Such machines have already been abandoned in Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Florida and many other places. India should follow suit.”

Gonggrijp continues: “In order to have any transparency in elections, you need to have votes on paper. Computers can be programmed to count votes honestly, but since nobody can watch them, they might just as easily be programmed to count dishonestly. How is the voter supposed to tell the difference?”

Professor J. Alex Halderman of the University of Michigan helped develop the new attacks along with his students. “Almost every component of this system could be attacked to manipulate election results,” says Dr. Halderman. “This proves, once again, that the paperless class of voting systems has intrinsic security problems. It is hard to envision systems like this being used responsibly in elections.”

The newly released video and technical report can be found at http://IndiaEVM.org.

[1] ECI press release, August 8, 2009
[2] Interview with Navin B Chawla, Rediff.com India news, April 26, 2010

For more information, please contact authors@IndiaEVM.org.

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February 15, 2010

‘Terrorists have no religion’ – Shah Rukh Khan is not telling the truth

Source: HJS

From: Mr. Narain Kataria, New York

At a public meeting held on Nov. 29, 2009, Actor Shah Rukh Khan is reported to have said that:  “Terrorism has no religion”.  This is grossly misleading and nonsensical twaddle by a crafty actor to lull Hindus into believing that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism.  It has not a whit to do with reality.  It is completely out of sync with the general view held by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists who have suffered unprecedented brutalities and savagery at the hands of Radical Islamists for the last 1400 years.

Islamic Militants

Instead of giving wide publicity to this untruthful claptrap all over India his opinion should have be dismissed with the contempt it deserves and challenged by leaders sitting in the meeting, including Home Minister P. Chidambaram.  Since people sitting in the meeting had absolutely no clue as to what the Islamic trilogy, Quran (sacred book of Muslims), Hadith (traditions based on conduct of Mohammad)  and Sira (life of Prophet Mohammed) , enjoin on Muslims,  they just listened to and accepted the crap dished out to them.  None of them, either because of ignorance or fear of violent reaction from Islamists, even raised the question that descendants of invaders, particularly Wahhabists and Salafists, are spreading the jihadist movement in India to complete the violent conquest of India for Islam.

The time has come for Hindus to develop a little bit courage and call a spade a spade.  It is an irony of fate and a matter of great disgust that none of the Hindu leaders in India came forward to challenge this statement laden with outright lies and bald assertions. Hindu leaders in India have lost the nerve completely.  Because of their squeamishness, sheepishness and lack of virility, Hindu society is undergoing torture and suffering.  At the moment Hindu society is directionless, rudderless and feels cantankerous because Hindu leaders rarely deracinate the perniciousness of Jihadi culture in public.

Death Cult : Image Courtesy - http://images30.fotki.com/

Hindus have been terrorized into submission by Islamists to such an extent that they never stand up and come out openly to speak the truth.  The truth is that more than 90% terrorism-related activities all over the world are carried on by Radical Islamists. Almost all the prisoners in jails in UK and USA on the charge of terrorism are Muslims. “Islamic terrorists have carried on 14,510 terrorists attack since 9/11” (a rate of about three to four a day).  (www.The Religion of Peace.org)  These attacks were not carried on by normal Muslims for money or personal jealousy but as a religious duty performed in the name of Allah.

The Bollywood Star further said that he has read the Quran.  But he did not tell the ignorant audience that “sixty-one percent of the contents of the Koran are found to speak ill of unbelievers or call for their violent conquest; at best only 2.6 percent of the verses of the Koran are noted to show goodwill toward humanity”.  (Dr. Moorthy Muthuswamy, an India-born anti-terrorism expert,  in an interview with Jamie Glazov of Frontpage Magazine at  http://frontpagemag.com/2009/12/14/the-yemeni-koran-by-jamie-glazov/. [More details about Dr. Muthuswamy’s book, including its relevance to the ongoing jihad in India and where to buy the book are given here:
http://www.moorthymuthuswamy.com/.%5D

We are waiting for the next blast : Image Courtesy - http://www.bangladeshihindu.com/

Shah Rukh Khan used sophistry and subterfuge to misguide Indians (Hindus) by covering up the heinous crimes of his co-religionists, and portraying them in a very favorable light.  In his sinister attempt he was aided and abetted by anti-Hindu electronic and print media who broadcast his message as gospel truth all over India. Ostensibly, Shah Rukh was following the Islamic law of al Taqiyah which enjoins  on Muslims to lie and cheat in the furtherance of Islam. Shah Rukh fully exploited the non-comprehension of media and ignorance of the non-Muslim audience about the tenets of Islam.

It is a paradox that Muslims, converts or their descendants, who enjoy good life in India , invariably support their Arabian masters.

The following verifiable facts outright reject the statement of Shah Rukh Khan:

1. The World Trade Center attack in New York on 9/11 in which 3000 innocent people were burnt to death was carried out by agents of Al Qaeda (a militant Islamic terrorist group led by Osama bin Laden).

2. The Bali bombing on October 12, 2002 also was unleashed by radical Islamists.

3. The Madrid train bombings in Spain on March 11, 2004 in which 191 people were killed was by Muslims.

4. The suicide attack on Indian Parliament in December 2001 was launched by two Pakistani (Muslim) terrorist groups who were guided by the tenets of Islam.

5. The three Mumbai bomb blasts (i) in 1993 in which more than 250 people were killed, (ii) July 2006 in which 209 killed, and (iii) 26/11/2008 in which 170 people killed were all carried on by devout Muslims.

6. The June 7, 2005 London train bombing in which 52 people were killed was also the handiwork of Islamic terrorists.

7. Islamic terrorists in 1998  bombed US embassy in Kenya and killed hundreds of innocent people.

8. Islamic terrorists attacked in Algeria , Moroco in April 2007 and killed a lot of people.

9. A group of 45 Muslim doctors threatened to use car bombs and rocket grenades in terrorist attacks in the United States during discussions on an extremist internet chat site.  One message read: “We are 45 doctors and we are determined to undertake jihad and take the battle inside America .

10. Another terrorist suspect Najibullah Nazi, 24, from Denver was allegedly planning attacks on the New York subway in September, 2009 was also a Muslim.

11. Major Nidal Hasan proclaimed himself a “Soldier of Allah”.  He massacred 13 American soldiers at Fort Hood , Texas , and is said to have shouted “Allah-o-Akbar” before killing them.  He fully believed in Holy War against infidels.

12. US citizen David Coleman Headley (Daood Gilani) , and Canadian citizen Tahawwur Hussain Rana arrested in October, 2009 in Chicago were working for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) –  were both Muslims.

13. Javed Ahmed and Ashiq Ali arrested by Delhi Police on August 7, 2009 were Muslims.

14. British-Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdulla convicted on conspiracy to cause murder and explosion at Glasgow airport in 2008 was a devout Muslim.

15. Five young Muslim Americans living in Washington, D.C. suburbs who were on their way to the heart of Taliban sanctuary in Pakistan to be trained as Jihadi terrorists.  They were arrested in Pakistan on December 10, 2009.  One of them Zamzam made a video quoting Koranic verses.

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Hassan Gafoor is on record to have stated at a Press Conference that 14-16 Indians (including  Fahim Ansari, Sabahuddin and other Muslims)  were suspected to be involved in the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

A known British Mullah Mr. Anjum Chaudri on video describes the killing of innocent non-Muslim in suicide bombing as  “legitimate”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maHSOB2RFm4&feature=rec-HM-fresh+div

Please also watch the following video of brutality by Islamists on Hindus in Bangladesh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0mAuslJhL0

One can go on and on and can write a book about Islamic terrorism around the world.

Now for the information of readers I would like to quote below some statements made by top terrorists and by noted experts on Islamic studies:

“I am one of the servants of Allah. We do our duty of fighting for the sake of the religion of Allah. It is also our duty to send a call to all the people of the world to enjoy this great light and to embrace Islam and experience the happiness in Islam. Our primary mission is nothing but the furthering of this religion.”  Osama bin Laden

Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini had said: “Holy war (jihad) means the conquest of all non-Muslim territories.

Maulana Syed Abul A’ala Maudoodi, founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami proclaimed: “The goal of Islam is to rule the entire world and submit all of the mankind to the faith of Islam. Any nation or power that gets in the way of that goal, Islam will fight and destroy it.

Shaikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, who planned the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, funneled these words to his fellow faithful: “Oh, you Muslims … destroy their embassies, attack their interests, sink their ships, and shoot down their airplanes. Kill them on land, at sea, and in the air, kill them wherever you find them.” (Babbin, in the Words of Our Enemies, p. 60)

“Our whole struggle is for the enforcement of Sharia law”  Muslim Khan, Spokesperson for the Pakistani Taliban, responsible for hundreds of bombings, shootings and abductions.

All the above statements made by religious scholars make it crystal clear that the aim of Islam is to dominate the entire world by force and subjugate entire humanity.  In spite of massive evidence presented above, Shah Rukh Khan and the so called secular print and electronic media has the temerity to present falsity as truth.  Radical Islamists know it very well that it is a game bluffing the hateful Kafirs.  Hence this secular shibboleth has to be exposed and vehemently condemned otherwise it will destroy India from within.

A study conducted by Pew Foundation concludes that:  Majorities or pluralities in the U.S. , Canada , and every European country, other than France , judge that some religions are more prone to violence than others. And when those taking this view are asked which religion they think of as more violent, Islam is designated by large majorities in each of these countries – in Netherlands 88%, in France 87%, in Spain 81%, in Germany 79%, in Poland 77% in India 73% consider Islam is the most violent religion.

http://pewglobal.org/reports/display.php?PageID=811

From all the above it is crystal clear even to the purblind that almost all terrorists have a religion.  They are devout followers of Islam.  Shah Rukh Khan is plainly lying and trying to fool the secular intelligentsia and clueless Hindus – the majority population of India .

For the information of those who are not fully familiar with the tenets of Islam, I would request them to visit the following websites:

http://www.jihadwatch.org/
http://frontpagemagazine.com/
http://blog.americancongressfortruth.com/2009/11/12/radical-islams-threat-to-america/#more-4204

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