On April 10, 2014, citizens of Ghaziabad, a city near Delhi, India, cast their ballots for parliamentary elections using electronic voting machines. The machines – and the votes they held – had to be stored in a secure location for a month, until vote counting was set to begin. When planning, election officials accounted for myriad threats to the machines and implemented security protocols to counter them. Unfortunately, they missed one important threat; rats.
Seriously. As in rodents. The storage location was near a wholesale meat market and the possibility of the creatures feasting on wires and electronic circuits presented a real . . .