the candidates don’t know is that come election day, hackers could be the ones
whose votes have the biggest impact.
developed a hack that, for about $26 and an 8th-grade science education, can
remotely manipulate the electronic voting machines used by millions of voters
all across the U.S.
performed their proof-of-concept hack on a Diebold Accuvote TS electronic voting
machine, a type of touchscreen Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting system
that is widely used for government elections.
Dominion Voting Systems, whose e-voting machines are used in about 22 states.)
Laboratory’s Vulnerability Assessment Team demonstrate three different ways an
attacker could tamper with, and remotely take full control, of the e-voting
machine simply by attaching what they call a piece of “alien
electronics” into the machine’s circuit board.
circuit board that costs about $8. Together with the $15 remote control, which
enabled the researchers to modify votes from up to a half-mile away
the whole hack runs about $26.
keypad despite what the “real” voter enters. But in what Warner
called “probably the most relevant attack for vote tampering,” the
researchers were able to blank the e-voting machine’s screen for a split-second
after the “vote now” button was pressed. While the screen went dark,
they remotely entered their own numbers into the DRE’s keypad.
now’ button to register his votes, we can blank the screen and then go back and
vote differently and the voter will be unaware that this has happened.”
hack could be deployed highlights the need for e-voting machines to be designed
better, with not just cybersecurity, but physical security in mind.
Johnston said. “You don’t have to have state-of-the-art security, but you
can do some things were it takes at least a little bit of skill to get