Electronic Voting Systems and Security

July 30th, 2016

Of course, it’s worse than Bruce admits: Clinton Foundation and Electronic Voting Machines

Via: Bruce Schneier:

Over the years, more and more states have moved to electronic voting machines and have flirted with Internet voting. These systems are insecure and vulnerable to attack.

But while computer security experts like me have sounded the alarm for many years, states have largely ignored the threat, and the machine manufacturers have thrown up enough obfuscating babble that election officials are largely mollified.

We no longer have time for that. We must ignore the machine manufacturers’ spurious claims of security, create tiger teams to test the machines’ and systems’ resistance to attack, drastically increase their cyber-defenses and take them offline if we can’t guarantee their security online.

Longer term, we need to return to election systems that are secure from manipulation. This means voting machines with voter-verified paper audit trails, and no Internet voting. I know it’s slower and less convenient to stick to the old-fashioned way, but the security risks are simply too great.

One Response to “Electronic Voting Systems and Security”

  1. tito Says:

    Anyone want to place bets on how long it is until some .gov linked talking heads start floating the idea of using smart phones to vote in elections?

    The horror, the horror.

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