Presidential election: Brazil dismisses hacker threat

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.
President Dilma Rousseff, who is running for a second four-
year term, is seen as the front-runner.
Her main rivals are former environment minister Marina
Silva and the centre-right candidate, Minas Gerais state
governor Aecio Neves.
Brazilians will also be choosing new senators, members of
the Chamber of Deputies, governors and state-level
legislators.
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.
It usually delivers the election results within one or two
hours of polls closing.
If none of the candidates in the elections for president or
state governor get more than 50% of valid votes, there will
be a run-off on 26 October. Voting is mandatory for those
aged between 18 and 70.

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