Electoral council in 2011 already informed about vulnerable verkiezingssoftware

Electoral council in 2011 already informed about vulnerable verkiezingssoftware

A student of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the electoral council in 2011 already informed about serious vulnerabilities in the software that is used to the results of polling stations for each count. Nevertheless, it is the software six years later, and still in use.

Monday reported breaking News that security researchers a whole range of vulnerabilities in the software have found. Voting will be done in the Netherlands with a pencil and paper, but polling stations to use the computer software to results to the twenty constituencies of the Netherlands.

Tuesday sets Maarten Engberts at RTL News that he was in 2011 a master’s thesis wrote about the software used, with the name of Supporting Software for Elections. In the conclusion he wrote that it is possible “to tamper with election results” by the softwareproblematiek.

He presented his results also in a conversation with the electoral council. There seems, however, nothing to have happened and the same software has since been used several times in elections.


Minister Plasterk (Home Affairs) recently wrote to the Second Chamber that the voting process, according to him, is not vulnerable to digital manipulation. After the revelations about the used software has D66 a parliamentary debate requested.

Because voting on paper is released, in case of suspicion of fraud will be checked whether the digital results are valid. The electoral council says that in march a “representative sample” will be made to the process to check.

A spokesman for the electoral council wants to wed night across not elaborate on the master’s thesis. She says it is “not chic” to comment on a meeting of six years ago. According to the electoral council, there is still an investigation into the verkiezingssoftware. That research is already for the revelations of RTL started, highlights the zegsvrouw.

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