Police Arrest Computer Scientist for Pointing to Security Holes

Police in India have arrested a computer scientist after he refused to provide details regarding where he acquired an electronic voting machine a group of researchers used to find holes in the country’s electronic voting system.

Hari Prasad, managing director of Netindia LTD, was raided by police over the weekend. The arrests come after the publication of research in April regarding the vulnerability of the electronic voting machines used in India. The holes were found on a machine donated by an anonymous source back in February, as elections officials refused to provide one.

“The police did not state a specific charge at the time of the arrest, but it appears to be a politically motivated attempt to uncover our anonymous source,“ wrote J. Alex Halderman, a member of the team that exposed the vulnerabilities. “The arresting officers told Hari that they were under ‘pressure [from] the top,’ and that he would be left alone if he would reveal the source’s identity.“

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