IEBC admits that someone tried to hack its servers

The Opposition maintains that an intruder gained access to the electoral body's servers and tweaked results to favour Jubilee Party.

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Wafula Chebukati
IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati. PHOTO: HEZRON NJOROGE/THE STAR

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman, Wafula Chebukati, on Thursday, August 10 finally spoke about claims that that the commission’s systems were hacked during the just-concluded General Election.

Zipo.co.ke had reported earlier that the National Super Alliance (NASA), led by its presidential candidate Raila Odinga, said that they had detected hacking in the electoral body’s system.

NASA leader Raila Odinga addresses the press on the general election on August 9, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Opposition leader who was vying for presidency for a record fourth time after three previously failed attempts, claimed the intruder flipped votes from swing counties to favour Jubilee.

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Nasa maintains that the Uhuru Kenyatta-led Jubilee Party was behind the hacking of IEBC servers where they planted a program that displayed a geometric progression that put Uhuru Kenyatta ahead.

Responding to the claims by Raila and his cronies via a press statement on Thursday, Chebukati acknowledged that indeed there were attempts by hackers to access the IEBC computer servers as claimed by Opposition, but it was not successful.

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IEBC assured Kenyans that the technology behind the IEBC servers have different levels of security to keep off any internal and external interference. They said the server system is still secure and intact.

Raila, as previously reported by Zipo.co.ke, claimed via a press conference on Wednesday, August 9, that the IEBC system had been hacked to manipulate the election results in Jubilee’s favour.

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The former premier and his team urged Nasa supporters not to accept defeat claiming the entire electoral process had been been compromised big time in favour of Jubilee Party.