US mid-terms: Hackers expose ‘staggering’ voter machine flaws

A report outlines major flaws in voting hardware, weeks before US mid-term elections.

One ballot machine, used in 23 US states, carries a cybersecurity flaw that was reported over a decade ago, the hackers claim.

…The report says vulnerabilities mean the M650 can be remotely hacked.

A design flaw reported as far back as 2007 was also found in the model tested during the conference.

The [organizers] of the conference argue that because the unit is designed to process a high volume of ballots, hacking one of the machines could enable an attacker to “flip the electoral college and determine the outcome of a presidential election​.”

…Other machines tested include the AccuVote TSx, currently used by 18 US states. The system includes a smart card reader for users to cast votes, which the report says can be easily disconnected to “disrupt the election” process.

Attendees of the conference were also able to [reprogram] voting smart cards wirelessly, using mobile phones.

US mid-terms: Hackers expose ‘staggering’ voter machine flaws – BBC News

sigh….

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