GENEVA: The Swiss government has issued US$149,790 challenge to online hackers; break into our new generation electronic voting system and we’ll reward you.
The federal chancellery announced a dummy run election will be held from February 25 to March 24 and invited anyone who wants to display their online piracy talents to sign up at https://onlinevote-pit.ch. They can then “try to manipulate the vote count, to read the votes cast, to violate voting secrecy or to bypass security systems,” it said in a statement. The amount of the reward paid out will depend upon the level of intrusion achieved by each hacker. The biggest single prize, 50,000 Swiss francs, will go to anyone who manages to manipulate the vote count without being detected.
The Swiss authorities hope this exercise will help assure or perhaps improve, the security of the new generation electronic voting system. Regularly called upon to take part in referendums and votes, many Swiss electors prefer to cast their ballots over several weeks by post at polling stations and, increasingly, online. Electronic voting has been on trial in several Swiss cantons since 2004. Late last year the government launched an initiative to establish online voting as a third option nationwide within two years.
7 militants dead in clash in N. Afghanistan
MAIMANA: Seven militants were killed and four others injured as clash erupted in Garziwan district of Afghanistan’s northern Faryab province on Saturday, an army spokesman in the northern region Mohammad Hanif Rezai said.
According to the official, the clash erupted early morning after the militants attacked some security checkpoints, and security forces retaliated forcing the militants to flee after leaving seven bodies behind, and four others injured. There were no casualties on security personnel, the official said.
Student commits suicide
FAISALABAD: An 8th class student committed suicide over poverty, in the area of Jaranwala police station.
Police said on Saturday that Kashif son of Arshad, a resident of Chak 7 Jaranwala returned home from school and demanded a meal.
His parents could not arrange a meal for him due to poverty. After being upset, Kashif committed suicide by jumping before a running train. The police handed over the body to his parents after completing necessary formalities.
Israeli forces shoot, injure 8 Palestinians
GAZA: Israeli forces on Friday opened fire on Palestinians taking part in the weekly anti-settlement protests in the blockaded Gaza strip, injuring 8 demonstrators, including a child, according to health ministry.
“Israeli soldiers raided the demonstrators with tear gas, live bullets and rubber-coated steel rounds as they were participating in the Great March of Return protests”, it said.
Israel has stepped up attacks in Gaza, which claimed over 295 Palestinian lives in 2018, marking the highest death toll since the 2014 Gaza conflict, many of them were shot during the March of Return protests, amid a deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the besieged enclave.