Speaking of democracy and elections, security experts at the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Labs have demonstrated a simple hack that allows them to change votes on electronic voting machines using a standard remote control — like the one you use to change channels on your TV. The hack doesn’t require any reprogramming, and leaves absolutely no trace that votes were manipulated.
That’s right, anyone can purchase the parts necessary to change votes on voting machines used by around one quarter of our nation’s voters. More than enough to steal any election.
Response from the electronic voting machine companies whose machines can be hacked? Crickets.
But wait, it gets worse! The same hack can also be done on the optical scanning machines that process paper ballots:
So, in other words, the low-rent attack Argonne has demonstrated — requiring no knowledge of the voting system software, $10 to $26 in off-the-shelf computer parts, and little more than an 8th grade computer lab education — could also be implemented not just on touch-screen e-voting systems, with or without a so-called “paper trail,” but also on the paper ballot op-scanners used to count the majority of votes that will be cast in the U.S. in next year’s Presidential election.