If Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano’s resolution is to pass, the Commision on Elections (COMELEC) will soon be inviting hackers to hack the poll automation machines set to be used for the 2010 Philippine national elections.
The prize for the hacker who can beat the computerized system? Around P100 million or US$2.083 million.
From the Philippine Daily Inquirer:
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano has filed a resolution setting aside P100 million as an incentive to anyone who can convincingly demonstrate the weakness of the automated poll system.
Cayetano, at a press conference Friday, said that if any IT expert can establish that the system to be used in the 2010 polls is not secure from fraud and tampering, “Comelec should cancel the contract, save the P11 billion and sue for damages the contractor in the event of such successful hacking.”
I’ll have to say, I can’t wait for this to start. Not that I’ll try hacking it myself (‘cos I don’t know how to do it) but I just want to see if hackers can trump these supposed poll automation experts.
Hack and roll!
Discussion thread: Gusto mo ba ng P100 million?