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    RUSSIA'S CEC TO SPOTLIGHT INFORMATION SECURITY DURING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

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    MOSCOW, March 2 (RIA Novosti). Ensuring information security during voting is a priority task at the presidential elections, said Alexander Veshnyakov, chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC).

    "We must demonstrate greater openness and act promptly when summing up the election results," he said. "Another vital task is to ensure voting safety." He explained that about 900 attacks on the election site were registered during the December elections to the State Duma. The attacks were undertaken not only by amateur hackers but also by foreign states and organizations.

    He recalled that new software for the GAS-Vybory election system was tested and put into operation in 2003. "We have created a databank for rallying information for the bulk of Russia's regions." Besides, 16 satellite communication channels covering the whole of Russia were put into operation.

    The CEC chairman pointed out that over 1,000 elements of new computer equipment and 7,000 servers had been installed within the framework of the GAS-Vybory system, which increased the volume of information by 30 times and the speed of information transfer, by 45 times.

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