How many hackers do you need to rig the May 10, 2010 elections?
According to Joey de Venecia III, the pioneer in the Information Technology sector here in the Philippines, it only takes thirty (30) hackers to effectively rig the May 10, 2010 elections. That's why, Joey says, twenty percent (20%) of precincts around the country are vulnerable to network or red hat attacks.
Twenty percent (20%) of 400,000 clustered precincts are enough to sow chaos and violence in the forthcoming polls.
With an expected neck-to-neck fight among candidates, not just those running in the presidential polls, but also in the senatorial, the future of the first automated elections here is bleak or even very, very threatened.
De Venecia said cheating could be done through a remote terminal created and specifications specific to make it appear that it is a PCOS terminal. Likewise, extra space in the memory card of PCOS terminals could also be used to accommodate additional votes for specific candidates.
Joey de Venecia III is not overly optimistic on the success of the automated elections since it appears that the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is not entirely prepared for an untoward situation.