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Electronic Voting Security

Posted by on Aug. 18, 2016 at 7:06 AM
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    The Security of Our Election Systems
Bruce Schneier

[Discussion of DNC hack by Russia.] And it points to the possibility of an even worse problem in November -- that our election systems and our voting machines could be vulnerable to a similar attack.

....Even more important, we need to secure our election systems before autumn. If Putin's government has already used a cyberattack to attempt to help Trump win, there's no reason to believe he won't do it again -- especially now that Trump is inviting the "help."

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.

Government interference with foreign elections isn't new, and in fact, that's something the United States itself has repeatedly done in recent history. Using cyberattacks to influence elections is newer but has been done before, too -- most notably in Latin America. Hacking of voting machines isn't new, either. But what is new is a foreign government interfering with a U.S. national election on a large scale. Our democracy cannot tolerate it, and we as citizens cannot accept it.

....Election security is now a national security issue; federal officials need to take the lead, and they need to do it quickly.

This essay originally appeared in the "Washington Post."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/07/27/by-november-russian-hackers-could-target-voting-machines/

Electronic voting machine insecurities:
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/04/meet-the-e-voting-machine-so-easy-to-hack-it-will-take-your-breath-away/

Insecurity of voting machines:
https://www.statslife.org.uk/significance/politics/2288-how-trustworthy-are-electronic-voting-systems-in-the-us

https://www.salon.com/2011/09/27/votinghack/

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/15/virginia-hacking-voting-machines-security

http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/08/31/foreigners-could-hack-us-elections-experts-say/

http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2012-11/how-i-hacked-electronic-voting-machine

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2004/11/the_problem_wit.html

https://www.giac.org/paper/gsec/3687/inherent-problems-electronic-voting-systems/105962

The importance of voter-verified paper audit trails:
http://votingmachines.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=000291

The insecurity of Internet voting:
http://engineering.jhu.edu/magazine/2016/06/internet-voting-nonstarter/

https://www.verifiedvoting.org/resources/internet-voting/vote-online/

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=2012-presidential-election-electronic-voting
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dawnharvey68
by Silver Member on Sep. 7, 2016 at 3:10 PM

BUMP!

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2016 at 4:45 PM


Quoting dawnharvey68:    

The Security of Our Election Systems

Bruce Schneier

Listen very carefully to anything Schneier has to say on security issues.

He's not just a commentator.   He was one of the authors of the Twofish algorithm.   He's proven his chops.   He's who the EFF consult, when they want to know about security issues.

dawnharvey68
by Silver Member on Oct. 20, 2016 at 7:08 PM

BUMP!

dawnharvey68
by Silver Member on Oct. 22, 2016 at 5:16 AM
With likely Russian involvement in cyber attacks on the DNC, etc, and yesterday's DDOS attacks, the FBI is warning of worse to come.

Could there be an attempt to interfere with America's insecure electronic voting machines?
dawnharvey68
by Silver Member on Oct. 22, 2016 at 6:49 AM
Schneier:

Indiana's voter registration database is frighteningly insecure. You can edit anyone's information you want.
http://www.jconline.com/story/opinion/columnists/dave-bangert/2016/10/10/bangert-experiment-voter-fraud/91837292/
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