Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hackers Attacked Colombian Vote Count

An AFP newswire article, via TechTrust Technology News, reports that:

Unidentified hackers struck the computerized system used to transmit voting data in Colombia's legislative elections, disrupting the vote count, the private contractor responsible for the system charged Wednesday.

Ivan Ribon, spokesman for Arolen, a company hired to transmit results of Sunday's voting over the Internet, told local media Wednesday that hackers struck at the moment polls closed at 2100 GMT.

"Early reviews show that there were 75,000 hits a second, which does not happen even on the busiest sites in the world," Ribon told RCN radio.

"That went on all night Sunday into Monday, which forced us ... in order to safeguard the integrity and confidentiality of the data, to downgrade service on Internet results," he explained.

Three days after the polls, final results still have not been released.

More here.


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