Home Media Read EC's letter to Business Today after they published a 9-year-old 'study' claiming EVMs can be hacked

Read EC’s letter to Business Today after they published a 9-year-old ‘study’ claiming EVMs can be hacked

The Ministry in its letter to Business Today came down heavily and reprimanded the editor for unethical writing.

Business Today, a part of the India Today group, on 13th October published an article titled “US Scientists ‘hack’ Indian Electronic Voting Machines ahead of polls in five States” claiming that ahead of the legislative assembly elections in five states, scientists at the University of Michigan have found a way to ‘hack’ into the Indian EVMs.

However, on 21st October, Business Today deleted the article after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting pointed out that the story is actually based on a study from 2009 and Business Today had not disclosed the said fact.

Business Today story on ‘EVM hacking’ removed

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

An excerpt of the story which appears on a website The Voting News is produced below:

The Election Commission of India announced the dates for Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana last week. Along with the dates, the poll regulating authority in India announced that VVPAT-enabled electronic voting machines will be used during these polls. Additionally, the country is looking at an eventful General Elections in 2019. Now, with barely a month left before states go to elections, scientists at the University of Michigan claim to have found a way to ‘hack’ Indian EVMs. A video posted online showed the scientists at the US university supposedly manipulating voting results on an electronic voting machine (EVM) via mobile text messages after attaching a home-made device to the machine, a BBC News report said.

“We made an imitation display board that looks almost exactly like the real display in the machines. But underneath some of the components of the board, we hide a microprocessor and a Bluetooth radio,” Professor J Alex Halderman, who led this project to hack EVMs, told BBC.

The imitation display board intercepts the vote totals that the machine is supposed to show, and replaces them with fabricated results, “basically whatever the bad guy wants to show up at the end of the election”, Halderman said.

Over these additions, the University of Michigan researchers added a microprocessor to the EVM, which they claim can alter the results between voting and counting of votes, the BBC report added.

The BBC report quoted above is from 2010. In the BBC report, ‘after connecting a homemade device to a machine, the University of Michigan researchers were able to change results by sending text messages from a phone. Even then, the Election Commission of India had dismissed possibilities of hacking into an EVM.

India’s then Deputy Election Commissioner, Alok Shukla had said that even getting hold of machines to tamper with would be very difficult. He had added that it is not just the machine but the overall administrative safeguard which makes it impossible to hack into the EVM.

The Ministry in its letter to Business Today came down heavily and reprimanded the editor for unethical writing. “It is noted that the 13th October 2018 news story, in fact, has maliciously linked an earlier 2009 story without disclosing the fact that a nine-year-old dated information has been picked up masquerading as a recent study.”

The letter further called the story a “deliberate attempt at using a reputed magazine to mislead the voters with a predetermined agenda of disrupting free, fair and peaceful electoral process just when the Election Commission is gearing up for the upcoming polls.” The fact that currently there is no Deputy Election Commission should have been a giveaway that the material is dated, shows how Business Today even failed to verify the basic facts.

In its letter, the ministry even explained how it is hard to hack into the EVMs because of the various precautionary measures were taken by the EC to safeguard them. The ministry reminds Business Today that since the 2009 study surfaced, several High Courts as well as the Supreme Court, have upheld the EVMs as a completely tamper-proof system.

This is not the first time the ‘EVMs are prone to hacking’ conspiracies are floated by the Opposition. Aam Aadmi Party has driven itself almost insane trying to prove that the EVMs are hacked by the Modi government. AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj has even gone ahead and tried to ‘hack’ into a toy EVM to prove his point. Even though Congress and Aam Aadmi Party have desperately tried to prove that EVMs are hacked into by the BJP and that we should all move back in time and go to paper ballots, none of them took the challenge thrown by the Election Commission last year to prove that the EVMs are not tamper-proof.

Amidst all this, the mischief by Business Today cannot be ignored.

Letter from the ministry is reproduced below:

Such misleading news during the election season can certainly cause an element of panic among the people.

Sharing is caring - Share This Post and Support:
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Most read articles recently

Cambridge University confirms that Rahul Gandhi did his M.Phil using the name Raul Vinci

Cambridge University confirms that Rahul Gandhi did his MPhil using the name Raul Vinci

Convenor of Delhi Congress IT cell shares badly edited video accusing PM Modi of using an abusive word

Congress' Gaurav Pandhi has earlier also spread misinformation to attack the central government

Air Vistara feels honoured to have decorated war vetaran Major Gen G D Bakshi onboard, ‘liberals’ decide to shame them

'Liberals' decide to switch loyalties to another airline after Air Vistara feels honoured to have Major Gen G D Bakshi onboard

‘Liberals’ bully Air Vistara into deleting their tweet honouring decorated war veteran onboard

Bowing down to the pressure of the bullies masquerading as liberals, Air Vistara has deleted the picture. 

Samajwadi Party friendly ‘journalist’ associated with The Wire caught spreading lies about Yogi Adityanath, deletes tweet after getting called out

Rohini Singh, who is notoriously known for her propaganda, along with her colleague Prashant Kanojia, has yet again posted fake news to target the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Here is what RVS Mani, bureaucrat of Congress era, has to say about Hemant Karkare and his involvement in ‘Saffron terror’ narrative

With reference to Hemant Karkare, RVS Mani makes some startling revelations in his book.

Islamists celebrate Sri Lanka attack even as terror sympathisers blame Hindus for the serial blasts

Earlier, many including a journalist associated with NDTV was caught 'celebrating' the Pulwama attack in Kashmir

Congress uses photograph of police officer killed by Muslim mob as example of Hindu lynch mob victim

In a video titles bhakt charitra, police officer killed by Islamic separatists used as a victim of Hindu lynch mob by Congress party
Babri mosque being demolished

Babri Masjid demolition : pride or shame lies in the eyes of the beholder. Here is why people can be proud of it

For many, it was not a Masjid that stood there, it was a symbol of tyranny against Hindu civilization. What they celebrate, only they have right to define, and they have a right to be heard.

Latest articles

Connect with us

156,544FansLike
129,324FollowersFollow
54,136SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these

Sharing is caring - Share This Post and Support: