PKR polls in Julau `infiltrated’ by Prey Anti-Theft software!

A seemingly harmless security application has been abused to create problems in PKR Julau Division party election.

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KUCHING, Nov 10: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) central election committee (JPP) has suspended its Julau Division election result following a cyberattack on the tablets used for e-voting.

In a statement, JPP chairman Datuk Rashid Din revealed that a `Prey Anti-Theft software’ infiltrated the 10 units of tablets that were used for the Julau party election today.

“Following the situation, the JPP made the decision to suspend the election results until all the tablets are rectified.

“The JPP is also investigating whether cyberattacks like this are happening elsewhere that also hold elections today,” he said.

Rashid added that investigations carried out revealed that the `Prey Anti-Theft’ software was physically installed on the JPP official tablets that were reserved for Julau Branch at about 4am today.

“The JPP and IT Unit detected the e-voting system at Julau Election Centre as abnormal at 2pm. During the inspection, it was found that the 10 units of e-voting tablets used at that time were infiltrated by the Prey Anti-Theft software,” he said.

Reports have been sent back to JPP Cyber Security Force in Petaling Jaya.

“We received reports that the software is used to delete e-mail applications in tablets, steal data, change passwords and control tablets using a computer remotely,” he revealed.

He said JPP and the IT Unit took immediate steps to resolve this problem by switching the poll to offline mode and to uninstall the invading software. — DayakDaily