If you are an ethical hacker, then the state Election Commission is looking for you. As it aims to introduce e-voting in the upcoming civic elections in Mumbai next year, officials wary of independent agencies embarrassing them have now decided to offer Rs 10 lakh to anyone who can hack their e-voting system.
The SEC is all set to float tenders to invite consultants, and one of the conditions is that hackers be ethical and have a demo to hack the software. This comes after the Election Commission of India (ECI)’s decision to introduce EVMs drew a lot of flak.
Experts and activists had publicly highlighted how EVMs could be tampered with, in a way that could affect the final result. SEC officials now admit there is serious concern on the security and confidentiality aspect in e-voting as well.
“The security aspect remains a key concern. Hence, we have ensured there are enough checks to ensure secrecy of the voter and confidentiality,” said Neela Satyanarayan, state election commissioner.
Accordingly, once the software is created, ethical hackers will be invited to test it.