U. Michigan Researchers Crack E-Voting System In A Hurry

From The H, a site on computer security:

Researchers at the University of Michigan have reported that it took them only a short time to break through the security functions of a pilot project for online voting in Washington, D.C. “Within 48 hours of the system going live, we had gained near complete control of the election server”, the researchers wrote in a paper [.pdf] that has now been released. “We successfully changed every vote and revealed almost every secret ballot.” The hack was only discovered after about two business days – and most likely only because the intruders left a visible trail on purpose.

I’ve said it before: paper ballots, a strict chain of custody, and careful hand-counting of votes monitored by representatives of all interested parties will solve most of the election fraud problems in the US today, though at a cost… we won’t get the instant results the networks so love to provide. But maybe, just maybe, we will know the true outcomes of elections.

Voter ID is a Republican talking screaming point and nothing more. Voter ID fraud never turns the results of elections; there’s just not enough of it. E-voting fraud, on the other hand, is a genuine vulnerability, an opportunity for elections to be stolen outright, quite possibly without a trace. Until we address it, our elections are liable to be stolen… again and again and again.

Does this still matter? I honestly don’t know. With the candidates we’re getting these days, I’m having difficulty deciding whom to vote for; all of them seem wholly owned subsidiaries of the 1%. But if elections are fraudulent from the outset, that outrage can never be changed or even challenged. It’s time to eliminate e-voting.

(H/T ellroon.)

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