I read the headline of the below article and I snorked.
Snorking is this endearing quality of a laugh I share when something is so funny I blast it past the barriers of my self-control. Like being an acolyte in church, sneaking in a comic book, and laughing at a funny part during the sermon. Yeah, this sort of hit me that way.
Let’s start with the headline: “Poroshenko wants to use the SBU to fraudulently win elections”.
Ukraine President Poroshenko? Pray tell, how does the “Donbass Insider” get this information? From their vast network of sources in Kyiv? Did President Poroshenko come down and give you an interview to you exclusively, because nobody else has that sort of a source. The Donbass Insider is not going to scoop any newspaper, so you know this is fabricated propaganda, plain and simple.
He wants to use the SBU? Pray tell, again, the SBU is almost maxed out trying to prevent the Russians, better known as the Donbass Insider’s benefactors, from physically and psychologically intimidating Ukrainian voters. This, despite all the times that Russians actually say “we would NEVER interfere in anyone else’s elections”. No, the SBU will not be used to rig Ukraine’s Presidential election. They do that in Russia, not Ukraine.
“Elections”? Pardon me, Donbass Insider, it is an election. Singular, not plural. For the Presidency of Ukraine. I suggest a new editor.
I actually skimmed the rest of the article. Some poor schmuck was told to write this, mostly by copying and pasting quotes from other articles. Most of the facts and quotes are taken out of context and woven together into a silly series of unbelievable mish-mash, otherwise called Russian propaganda. The source, understandably is ukraina.ru.
Oh. Donbass Insider? Change your name. It’s Donbas, not Donbass. Donbass is the Russian spelling, it looks much too close to Dumb Ass.
Employees of the Security Service of Ukraine will be part of election commissions, where they will monitor data encoding from polling stations into the “Elections” system. According to official statements of the authorities, this was done in order to protect the Ukrainian electoral process from outside interference. But in fact, it is the opposite.
On February 19, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov reported about the duty of the Security Service of Ukraine and the Special Service of Communication and Information Protection during the elections.
“A round-the-clock duty of cybersecurity forces of the SBU and the Special Communication Service will be organized to identify, prevent and stop any unauthorized actions against the information resources of the CEC,” he said then.
However, a month later, small journalists managed to find out the features of this duty. It is unlikely that it will please the rivals of the current president of Ukraine, Petr Poroshenko.
“In the district election commissions on the day of the election will be on duty officers of the SBU. To be precise, they will be on duty near the “Elections” system, in this small room where the most interesting thing is done: data input from the protocols into the system. It is from these data that they will later determine the results that they will announce to you. The access to this premise is, of course, rather “restricted”. Observers, even international ones, will not be allowed there, for example. And here there will be an admin sitting – and around him 5-7 employees of the SBU. I emphasize: in the history of the Ukrainian elections, this has never happened before,” said Yuri Tkachev, the chief editor of the Odessa edition of Timer.
At the same time, candidates selected by the SBU for this work, allow the journalist to say: in fact, it is nothing about cyber security.
“I here received a list of attached security officers from one of the districts of the Odessa region and showed it to knowledgeable people. From whom I received the answer, I quote: “They are no more related to cybersecurity than the guinea pig to the submarine fleet,” Tkachev said.
At the same time, Ukraine is trying to prove to the whole world that, this way, it fights against terrible “Russian hackers”. In fact, the goal of the SBU employees working in the district election commission is completely understandable: to help “correctly” count votes during the elections.
In addition to the official “Elections” system, which will contain digitized information on how Ukrainians voted, there will be at least two more systems in the country that will include data on the voting results.
The creation of one of them was announced by the Batkivshchyna party of Yulia Tymoshenko.
“Without a doubt, our count will be announced much earlier than the Central Election Commission will. This will be done literally within 24 hours,” said the deputy head of the party, Sergey Sobolev on March 15.
It will be easy to carry out such a calculation: immediately after a precinct election commission calculates the voting results at the polling station and signs the counting of votes, the same information will be transmitted by phone and later by live mail to Tymoshenko’s headquarters. Later, the results will be posted on the party website.
The existence of the second system was announced on March 15 by one of the developers of the Ukrainian public procurement system ProZorro Vladimir Flionts.
“We created a project e-vybory.org, where observers and members of election commissions can immediately publish a photocopy of the protocol online. The final protocol is public information, its publication is absolutely legal, and the main thing is that fast publication can significantly reduce the desire to rewrite protocols,” said Flionts.
Somebody has already said: such a system was needed back in 2004, when, due to the issues of vote counting, the country had to hold the second round of presidential elections again, which essentially became the third round.
“I do not know what we would hav given in 2004 for such a system. And now it just exists! ”- said a popular Ukrainian cartoonist and blogger Bogdan Protsishin, who accompanied his note with obscene campaign posters.
And indeed, thanks to the digitization of the protocols, the system will help identify errors and various anomalies in them.
Everything looks good, but in order for it to cover the whole Ukraine, we need volunteers who will contribute to feed this system from all polling stations. But this is still a problem, which makes the system useful, but not completely. In those areas where volunteers can visit, it will be possible to track how official information relates to reality. But in the others – no.
But in any case, the official data are the only ones which will feed the system “Elections”. Everything else is not taken into account: “Batkivshchyna” is an interested political force, because its leader participates in the election campaign, and the E-Vybory system simply does not have enough volunteers for 100% coverage. At the same time, both the Tymoshenko system and the volunteer system have another disadvantage.
Crazy Russian Hackers
If suddenly E-Vybory recruits volunteers to cover 100% of the sites, and the people of Tymoshenko, as it often happens during the elections, do not treat the task negligently, the SBU and the current government always have a trump card that will easily refute the data of the independent parallel counting: system security.
Even before Ukraine reached the final polling straight, the country’s authorities blamed hackers from Russia for all their troubles.
“Available information indicates Russia’s intentions to use the entire existing arsenal, including cybernetic tools, to influence the democratic will of the Ukrainian people,” the NSDC Secretary said in February.
A month before, the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, Egor Bozhok, who had not yet been dismissed from his post, specified how exactly the “Russian hackers” would interfere with the work of the Central Election Commission server.
To put the CEC server “out of service”. To do this, there are several prepared points from which, as we understand, they intend to “beat”, – noted Bozhok at the end of January.
It is for the prevention of this, for this official reason, that the SBU officers are needed in commissions. And it is their presence, as well as the duty of their colleagues, that will make it possible to declare that the “Elections” system is protected and to make claims to other systems of parallel vote counting. They will sound simple: who defended the system and where is the guarantee that the data obtained are accurate, and not the result of outside intervention?
The answer to such claims may be a requirement to declassify the positions of the SBU employees present in the commission. After all, if you believe the journalists, they are also not qualified enough to resist the mythical hackers.
However, no intelligence service in the world will go on declassifying their agents. And it instills pessimism in election observers.
“I am afraid that for the next 5 years we will live with the same chocolate rascal. Well, really: how to convey this? “Handed” CEC, control over a significant part of district and even more weighty – of divisional election commissions, unprecedented in its scale of bribing voters, in itself capable of giving Poroshenko about 15% of the votes. And for safety net – SBU officers in election commissions and handed courts in case something really goes wrong, ” Tkachev says.
Only a small reason for optimism remains – lately Poroshenko has not only lost in the ranking, but also, thanks to the inappropriate zeal of his people, has managed to annoy the United States. In addition, the current Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov, apparently, bet ont eh fact that Poroshenko will not win these elections. And some of the nationalists openly hate the current president. Will it overpower the staff of the SBU in commissions, managed by the CEC and the courts, it will be shown on March 31.
Source : Ukraina.ru
Translation by Donbass Insider