The state automated system (GUS) “Election”, which contains data on Russian voters, election participants and their outcome are protected from hacker attacks, said the Chairman of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova. Her words leads TASS on Monday, may 15.
“System gas “Vybory” looped to TECs (territorial election commissions — approx. “Of the tape.ru”), is a three thousand Ticks. This is a proven system, these people are specially trained, she is Autonomous, she is not afraid of any cyber attacks”, she said.
However, Pamfilova noted that the precinct Commission is not yet connected to the system. Currently, the primary task of the CEC is to equip all 94 thousand of precinct election commissions with computers, said the head of Department.
May 12, the hackers tried to attack computers with Windows operating system with the help of virus-ransomware WannaCry. To unlock infected computers the attackers demanded to transfer the money. The victims of this attack were not less than 200 thousand individuals and legal entities in 150 countries, said the Agency. In Russia affected the computers of major companies and Federal agencies, including Sberbank, mobile operator “MegaFon”, the interior Ministry and the emergencies Ministry.
On 12 April, the state Duma adopted in the first reading a package of amendments to the electoral law, drafted by senators Andrew Clisham and Anatoly Shirokov. In particular, it provides for the abolition of absentee ballots in presidential elections in March 2018.
System “Elections” are designed for computer counting of votes.