On the eve of Brazil’s presidential election, the Superior Electoral Court has dismissed reports that the country’s electronic voting system is vulnerable to hacking. The court’s president, Jose Dias Toffoli, has acknowledged that hackers make frequent attempts to break into the electronic ballots. But the system was “safe and fraud-proof”, Mr Toffoli said. More than 142 million Brazilians will go to the polls on Sunday. … O Globo newspaper has reported that the voting machines were the target of 200,000 cyber attacks per second two weeks ago.
“The Electoral Court computer system is attacked regularly, but we have a huge defence system in place, which is activated when our clone systems are targeted,” Mr Toffoli explained.
The system was first used in Brazil in 1996 and the technology has since been exported to other countries.