by Anne Broache
Forgive me if this isn’t some major news flash, but let’s document it for posterity anyway: University of California computer scientists have recently shown it’s possible to carry out a bevy of hacks on electronic voting machines currently certified for use in the Golden State.
In reports released late last week, the researchers chronicle their five-week endeavor, at the request of California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, to exploit examine machines made by Hart InterCivic, Sequoia Voting Systems and Diebold. The same models are also in use in many other states, according to a database compiled by the Election Reform Information Project.
Their conclusion? “The security mechanisms provided for all systems analyzed were inadequate to ensure accuracy and integrity of the election results and of the systems that provide those results,” wrote principal investigator Matt Bishop, a computer science professor at the University of California, Davis. (Click here for a PDF of that report.)
In each case, the testers were able to overwrite at least some of the firmware used on the machines and replace it with malicious programs–which, at times, could alter the recording, reporting and tallying of votes.
There were other flaws as well.
Although this article is dated, RER believes it sets a foundation for liberty-driven Texans that are very concerned about Texas election integrity. Follow our coverage of the controversy over the findings of Dr. Laura Pressley.