Is it true, is it possible that PCOS machines election results can be manipulated?
2. PCOS machines 256 – bit symmetric algorithm. It is an encryption technology that converts the PCOS source code into another form of text or cipher text so that it can never be understood by unauthorized individual. Can brilliant or genius hacker decrypt it? Maybe, but I am sure the election is already over and the candidates are already proclaimed before they can break it.
The source code is the one that being programmed for each PCOS machine on how it will read our ballots. The PCOS machines being sent to Cebu has different source code compared to another PCOS machines being sent to Davao except for the national candidates. Why? Simply because Davao and Cebu has different candidates. Now, if brilliant programmer breaks in and able to read the source code he or she can change the way PCOS read our ballots. In standard reading, the PCOS machine read the shaded circle as one vote but the programmer can reciprocates it, instead the PCOS machine now read the unshaded as one vote. That is how dangerous it can be, but do not worry it is impossible to happen.
3. PCOS machine counts the votes, store the vote and the image itself. It is a double storage system, it doesn’t just count our votes but it takes an image of our ballots. This is helpful in case there is a protest because this security will surely determine the true counts.
Is there anyway to by pass this security?
Perhaps no, but there is one thing I observed, it is a common knowledge that not all voters vote in every election. Am I right? YES, that is the problem. The extra ballots can be manipulated, if COMELEC officer connives with the LGU. It can happen. How? But this is only applicable of a close fight scenario. Let us say, Mayor A sense that he will lose with a few votes by his challenger, now he will call the COMELEC officer and instruct to shade the extra ballots in his name to be sure of his victory. Yet, once again while this is very possible, I believe it cannot be. COMELEC will never ever allow this sort of cheating.