Tech Tuesday: Robocalls, Hacking Voting Machines and New Tech

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 2, 2017

Hackers in Las Vegas competition breach the software successfully in 90 minutes of the USA voting machines, thereby highlighting the security deficiencies in the election infrastructure of America.

"It took me only a few minutes to see how to hack it", said security consultant Thomas Richards, glancing at a Premier Election Solutions machine now in use in Georgia.

At the annual "DEF CON" in Las Vegas, Tech minds were given remote access and physical voting machines, with instructions of gaining access to the software. This year, for the first time, the conference is hosting a "Voting Machine Village", where attendees can try to hack a number of systems and help catch vulnerabilities.

According to a report on the Register, within minutes, hackers acquired glaring software and physical vulnerabilities across multiple USA voting machine companies' products.

According to CNET, one of the machines hacked was secured with the password "ABCDE" - which was the default and could not be changed - and was used in a U.S. county election until 2015 before being scrapped.

The machines were purchased on Ebay, and major US voting machine companies had manufactured them such as Diebold Nixorf, Sequoia Voting Systems, and Winvote. But a number of well-known vulnerabilities in that firmware have developed over the past decade.

He went on to list a number of actions he hoped states would take to help secure machines, including increasing testing opportunities for outside hackers and transparency in voting machine design.

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