Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) has an article that is sure to be ignored by Republicans who see vote rigging as a feature and not as a bug:
A malicious hacker could alter the outcome of a U.S. presidential election by taking advantage of numerous flaws in one model of vote-tabulating machine used in 26 states, cybersecurity experts warned in a report presented Thursday at the Capitol.
The report is the latest in a series of alerts by security researchers about weaknesses in U.S. voting infrastructure, amid continuing concern by lawmakers and intelligence officials about alleged Russian attempts to manipulate the upcoming midterm elections…
The report says an attacker could remotely gain access to the Model 650 tabulating machine manufactured by Election Systems and Software, one of the country’s largest sellers of voting equipment, by exploiting numerous vulnerabilities in the unit. Researchers also said this model has an unpatched vulnerability that the manufacturer was notified about a decade ago.
I’ve long maintained that the average hacker is smarter than the average politician (low bar, I know) which is why I was not that worried about individual voting machines being hacked: there are too many scattered all over the place. I figured that if I were a hacker, I’d go after the voter registration databases and remove people, you know like how Republicans remove the blahs.
This is slightly different: there is one fatally flawed tabulating machine (it seems) in each county, with the same known errors. I think even a junior-grade hacker should be able to figure this one out.
The event organizers said the Model 650 vote-tabulation vulnerabilities are especially problematic because states use the machines to processes ballots for entire counties. “[H]acking just one of these machines could enable an attacker to flip the Electoral College and determine the outcome of a presidential election,” the report says.
You don’t say?