Report Reveals Stunning Vulnerabilities In US Election System

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
By Paul Martin


Election systems in the United States, specifically e-voting machines, are extremely vulnerable to manipulation by computer hackers and outside adversaries, a report released Monday reveals.

The report comes as top national security officials discuss appropriate action to ensure the integrity of presidential elections in November. “The problem is the sheer absence of the technical aptitude required to understand the cyber, physical and technical landscape available for exploitation by adversaries,” according to the report, “Hacking The Elections Is Easy! Part II” from cybersecurity think tank, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT).

Every major electronic voting system in the United States is completely devoid of security and transparency, experts say.

Rather than produce robust, secure systems, manufacturers distribute “bare bones” proprietary systems with less native security than a cheap cell phone. Security researchers highlight the countless exploitable vulnerabilities in the proprietary black-box e-voting systems, stressing insufficient transparency, accountability or cyber-hygiene.

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