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Virginia Ditches ‘America’s Worst Voting Machines’

Aug 18

Geoffrey.landis writes: Computerized voting machines are bad news in general, but the WINVote machines used in Virginia might just have earned their reputation as the most insecure voting machine in America. They feature Wi-Fi that can’t be turned off (protected, however, with a WEP password of “abcde”), an unencrypted database, and administrative access with a hardcoded password of “admin.” According to security researcher Jeremy Epstein, if the machines weren’t hacked in past elections, “it was because nobody tried.” But with no paper trail, we’ll never know. Well, after ignoring the well-documented problems for over a decade, Virginia finally decided to decommission the machines… after the governor had problems with the machines last election and demanded an investigation. Quoting: “In total, the vulnerabilities investigators found were so severe and so trivial to exploit, Epstein noted that ‘anyone with even a modicum of training could have succeeded’ in hacking them. An attacker wouldn’t have needed to be inside a polling place either to subvert an election… someone ‘within a half mile with a rudimentary antenna built using a Pringles can could also have attacked them.'”


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