In line with last week’s article “Implementing Biometrics based Systems: Electronic Voting Selection Criteria”, we continue our focus on electronic voting, known as e-voting, to be held in Namibia. In addition, the Biometric Research Laboratory, BRL, at Namibia Biometric System will answer some of the questions received in last week’s article. However, researcher at BRL and worldwide have been keen to get access to e-voting machine and independently assess the merits of the machines. Researchers at BRL would like to highlight some of the latest findings on e-voting machines conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan. Recently in May 2014, researchers at the University of Michigan said they have developed a technique to hack into the Indian electronic voting machines. University of Michigan researchers were able to change results by sending text messages from a mobile.
Similarly in 2010, Researchers such as Professor J. Alex Halderman at Michigan University and his colleagues published a conference paper title “Security Analysis of India’s Electronic Voting Machines” in the 17th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS ’10). The researcher had concluded that the machines “are vulnerable to serious attacks that can alter election results and violate the secrecy of the ballot.” The same paper had outlined that Namibia was one of the countries considering the use of e-voting from India.