By Mikala Vidal on Aug 2, 2018 4:33:00 PM
Political hacking is a real and present danger, but more advanced detection and response capabilities will help defend our democratic institutions better than what is current practice.
The media blitz about Russia’s involvement in our electoral process redefines the term “political hack.” Our fundamental right to legitimately and confidentially vote in elections, with confidence our vote counts, is not challenged by a despot, but rather by a bot. e-Voting machines are routinely analyzed and discoveries of one or another vulnerability are reported. Several studies over the past few years reveal the brittleness and insecurities of the various electronic voting machines used across America. The most recent demonstration at this year’s DefCon provides a step by step process on how to exploit and attack a particular eVoting machine. Undoubtedly other machines are also vulnerable to malicious alteration.