This weekend, attendees at a large cybersecurity conference were invited to try their hands at hacking 30 voting machines. The conference had acquired the machines and set up a “voting machine village“.
Every single machine was hacked. The first ones in less than 90 minutes. Some were hacked with no physical contact. And remember that these are machines that are still in use in actual elections around the country.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I am a computer scientist and have worked on projects related to computer security. There is no way to secure voting machines. Period. But don’t take my word for it. The site Electoral-Vote is run by a famous computer scientist, and he says “The only solution is to decommission all voting machines immediately and return to paper ballots.”
Unless we do this, the integrity of every election is in doubt. And unless the government does something about it, they are complicit.
The Republicans pretend to be concerned about voter fraud, which has been shown to be virtually nonexistent over and over, but is used as an excuse to disenfranchise voters they don’t like. Trump even created yet another commission to study it. But there is no commission studying security flaws in voting machines, which is demonstrably a real concern. Sad.