Brazil’s Ministry of Defense Twitter Issues Statement on Audit Report: “It is not possible to guarantee that the programs that were executed in the electronic voting machines are free from malicious insertions”

Brazil’s Ministry of Defense Twitter Issues Statement on Audit Report: “It is not possible to guarantee that the programs that were executed in the electronic voting machines are free from malicious insertions”

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is embroiled in a battle strikingly similar to the 2020 election between President Trump and Joe Biden.  Bolsonaro forced a run-off in early October and subsequently, allegedly, lost in the October 30th election.

Despite massive popularity Bolsonara placed second to Lula de Silva, a convicted criminal and radical socialist.

Brazil only votes with computers.

Prior to the run-off, President Bolsonaro stated:

Against all odds and against everyone, we had a bigger win in the 1st round of 2022 than we had in 2018 – almost 2 million more votes! We also elected the largest House and Senate caucuses, which was our top priority at this time.
We won governors’ races in 8 states in the first election, & will win  8 more states in the runoffs. This is the biggest victory for patriots in the history of Brazil: 60% of Brazil will be governed by people who defend our values and fight for a free country.
A lot of people got discouraged by the lies spread by pollsters, who completely failed in this election. They got all their predictions wrong and are the biggest losers of this election. We beat their lies and now we’re going to win the runoff election Oct. 30!
Sound familiar?

Brazil announced that they would be releasing a report on the audit that was ordered for the recent election on Wednesday.

Today, the Brazilian Defense Ministry tweeted that (Google Translate):

“The Armed Forces report did not exclude the possibility of fraud or inconsistency in electronic voting machines. Read in full:”

(Google Translated from the press release):

In order to avoid distortions in the content of the report sent yesterday (9.11) to the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), the Ministry of Defense clarifies that the accurate work of the team of military technicians in the inspection of the electronic voting system, although not mentioned, it also did not exclude the possibility of fraud or inconsistency in the electronic voting machines and in the 2022 electoral process. Furthermore, the report indicated important aspects that require clarification. Between them:

there was a possible security risk in the generation of programs from the electronic voting machines due to the occurrence of computers accessing the TSE network during the compilation of the source code;

– the functionality tests of the polls (Integrity Test and Pilot Project with Biometrics), in the way they were carried out, were not sufficient to rule out the possibility of the influence of a possible malicious code capable of altering the functioning of the voting system; and

– there were restrictions on the technicians’ adequate access to the source code and software libraries developed by third parties, making it impossible to fully understand the execution of the code, which covers more than 17 million lines of programming.

As a result of these findings and other obstacles listed in the report, it is not possible to guarantee that the programs that were executed in the electronic voting machines are free from malicious insertions that alter their functioning.

Therefore, the Ministry of Defense urgently requested the TSE to carry out a technical investigation into what happened in the compilation of the source code and a thorough analysis of the codes that were actually executed in the electronic voting machines, creating, for these purposes, a specific commission of renowned technicians from society and technicians representing the inspection entities.

Finally, the Ministry of Defense reaffirms the permanent commitment of the Ministry and the Armed Forces to the Brazilian people, democracy, freedom, the defense of the homeland and the guarantee of Constitutional Powers, law and order.

 

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