Failure to give access to IEBC servers pointed to evidence of hacking,Supreme court verdict

Failure to give access to IEBC servers pointed to evidence of hacking,Supreme court verdict

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,20TH SEPT 2017-The decision by the Independent Electoral and boundaries Commission to refuse  to give  NASA access to servers  after the court’s order was given  points to  undeniable evidence that  the claims of hacking  raised by the  Opposition was right.This is according  to  Supreme Court judge Philomena Mwilu .

While Reading the majority judgement on Wednesday, the Deputy Chief Justice said IEBC’s IT system was infiltrated and compromised and data contained in servers altered.

“The system was compromised and contaminated or the IEBC interfered with the data and refused to accept that it had bungled the system,” she said.

“Our order of scrutiny was a golden opportunity for IEBC to discredit the petitioner’s claims but they disobeyed the court order.”

Mwilu  also  said the electoral agency “contemptuously disobeyed” the court order which she noted was “critical”.

“IEBC should have had backups. We gave the petitioner a read-only access but there was clear reluctance on the IEBC’s part that they did not want to give the information.”

She added questions on the validity of extra votes in the presidential election, compared to other posts, did not receive a satisfying response.

On August 29, NASA accused IEBC of failing to comply with Supreme Court order to grant it access to its servers.

The Opposition said the electoral agency only allowed printed logs contrary to court orders.

The Supreme Court earlier ordered IEBC to allow NASA, which is disputing the results of this month’s presidential poll, to have access to its computer servers and electronic devices used in the counting of votes.

Justice Isaac Lenaola said NASA and Jubilee could have limited access to the electronic devices to verify certain details.

Lenaola said the petitioners should also be given access to login trails of users into the IEBC servers, password policy and the password matrix.

“They should also be given certified copies of certificates of penetrations test prior to elections, specific groups location of KIEMS within August 5 to 11,” he added.

However when  NASA lawyers went back to court they claimed that they had been denied access to the IEBC’s servers and only given the read only version among other key items the commission had been asked to avail.

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