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WATCH | Exclusive: Republic Pinpoints The Contradictions In The Identity Of The EVM 'hacker' Through Accessed Documents

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

Hack:

  • The hacker identified himself as Syed Shuja, but the document claims his name to be Syed Hyder Ahmed.
  • According to the transcript of the brief, the hacker claimed his birthdate to be April 1, 1981. But the document says the hacker is born on April 4, 1983

After the cyber 'expert', seeking political asylum in the US, on Monday claimed that the 2014 general election was "rigged" through the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), which, he says, can be hacked, Republic accessed documents that question the integrity of his identity now. 

In the documents accessed here are the few contradictions that were perceived by Republic: 

1. Name of the 'hacker' 

The hacker identified himself as Syed Shuja in the press conference held in London that found senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal in attendance. 

Whereas, in the document of 'Department of Homeland Security- US Customs and Border Protection Security' that is being circulated in the media has claimed that the'hacker' is named Syed Hyder Ahmed.

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2. Birthdate of the 'hacker' 

According to the transcript of the brief, the hacker, seeking political asylum in the United States claimed his birthdate to be April 1, 1981

While the document accessed shows a different birthdate, says the hacker is born on April 4, 1983

Italian journalist present on the dais and co-organisers of the Indian Journalists' Association (IJA) event, Foreign Press Association have distanced themselves from the event, questioning the credibility of the allegations and absence of evidence to the claims. 

Here are the series of allegations that Shuja made at the event: 

  • Lok Sabha elections of 2014 were rigged, and that Congress lost 201 seats in 2014 due to tampering. 
  • BJP senior leader from Maharashtra, Gopinath Munde, who died in a car crash was in fact 'murdered' for knowing about the EVM hacking.
  • Slain journalist Gauri Lankesh was killed for agreeing to run the story on EVM hacking. 
  • The self-proclaimed hacker said that apart from BJP,  parties like Arvind Kejriwal's AAP, Akhilesh Yadav's SP and Mayawati's BSP too approached him to know if EVM's could be hacked. 
  • He claimed to be seeking political asylum in the United States as he feels threatened in the country after a few of his team members were killed. 

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