Watch: Hackers demonstrate how to crack Into electronic voting machines in minutes

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Watch: Hackers demonstrate how to crack Into electronic voting machines in minutes

Who says America’s electronic voting machinery cannot be hacked? One of the world’s largest and best-known hacker conventions, DEF CON, debuted an interactive “Voting Machine Hacker Village” this year at its annual gathering in Las Vegas. In some cases within minutes, and in other cases within a few hours, of the village doors’ opening, hackers in attendance said they had successfully breached some systems. The security investigators claimed to have found major vulnerabilities or claimed to have breached every voting machine and system present.

Members of the DEF CON hacking community said they took complete control of an e-poll book, a type of election equipment in use in dozens of states where voters arrive at precincts, sign in and receive their ballots. Other targets hackers claim had major security flaws include the Sequoia AVC Edge, currently in use in 13 states and the AccuVote TSX, in use in 19 states. (Those machine usages are according to Verified Voting, an election transparency advocacy group.)

The organizers of Voting Village emphasized that in the past, corporations had resisted acknowledging the security flaws surrounding computer systems. After laws were passed requiring businesses to acknowledge security breaches, there has been a significant change in corporate security culture. DEF CON participants expressed the conviction that a similar trajectory is necessary for U.S. election officials.

Music courtesy of DEF CON soundtrack 3. The piece was produced, shot and edited by Lulu Friesdat for, © 2017

Lulu Friesdat is an Emmy award-winning journalist whose many news assignments include producing election coverage for MSNBC and editing with the CBS Evening News and Good Morning America. She received a Best Documentary award for directing her first feature-length documentary, Holler Back: [not] Voting in an American Town. Follow her on twitter @LuluFriesdat.

Watch: Hackers demonstrate how to crack Into electronic voting machines in minutes



3 Responses to Watch: Hackers demonstrate how to crack Into electronic voting machines in minutes

    Maggie Smith July 31, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Wow – interesting but can Craig & his followers read???? If so, they would finally realize electronic voting is so wrong. Oh, I forgot, Craig, likes that fact – as he has fixed it in past years & if he needs it in 2018 – they voted electronic voting in.
    People wake up – call & complain – we want paper ballots.
    Good article – if read by those that should read it.

    Enuf August 1, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Council can read all they want but unless this gets sent to them with a question to explain themselves, then it goes absolutely nowhere.

    Send this to the Clerk and to Council and ask them to revisit the bad decision with internet voting and ask them for absolute PROOF that the voting system is secure as this is OUR RIGHT. By denying a safe method to vote, they are denying us our democracy.

    Do not call in a complaint as they can ignore and deny any verbal communication. Write in the concerns and send to the papers. They can not deny what is written and dated if there is just one question…What scientific and certified proof and testing can be provided to the public to show the safety with internet voting rather than just believing the company who is offering the services.

    PROVE to the voters that the method of voting is absolutely safe from being hacked. If this can not be done, then they need to retract their decision because refusal in itself shows they also do not believe internet voting is non-hackable.

    Dex August 1, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Of course it’s hack able. How do you think those stiffs got back in?

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