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Can you hack the vote? Yes, but not how you might think

Tim Greene | Oct. 4, 2016
It’s public confidence, not the actual vote count, that’s in danger, Symantec says

He says tallying computers ran Windows operating systems earlier than Windows 7 and their user manuals included instructions for networking them. That presents the possibility of hacking them remotely if the network they are attached to connect to the internet, he says.

Physical security for the machine he bought was weak. A proprietary screw head was used on screws that secured the casing so it could not be opened except by an official with a proprietary screw driver. He found one at Lowe’s that worked. That means a poll volunteer with access to machines could open them up to access their memory without leaving a trace, he says.

He did that with the machine he bought online and found it still held results from one of the last two presidential elections, including write-ins that he was able to read on his Mac as if the machine’s memory were just another drive.


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