Experts hack into voting machines in less than two hours at Defcon.

By | 2018-07-31T12:26:27+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Categories: News, News2|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

Courtesy of CBS News

Hackers from around the world had the rare opportunity to crack election-style voting machines this weekend in Las Vegas — and they didn’t disappoint.

After nearly an hour and a half, Carsten Schürmann, an associate professor with IT-University of Copenhagen, successfully cracked into a voting machine at Las Vegas’ Defcon convention on Friday night, CNET reports.

Schürmann penetrated Advanced Voting Solutions’ 2000 WinVote machine through its Wi-Fi system. Using a Windows XP exploit from 2003, he was able to remotely access the machine, CNET reports.

The convention purchased more than 30 voting machines for the event, although, organizers didn’t specify how many models those units represented.

“The exposure of those devices to the people who do bug bounties or actually look at these kind of devices has been fairly limited,” Brian Knopf, director of security researcher for Neustar, told CNET. “And so Defcon is a great opportunity for those of us who hack hardware and firmware to look to these kind of devices and really answer that question, ‘Are they hackable?'”

Synack, a San Francisco security platform, discovered serious flaws with the WinVote machine months ahead of this weekend’s convention. The team simply plugged in a mouse and keyboard and bypassed the voting software by clicking “control-alt-delete.”

“It’s really just a matter of plugging your USB drive in for five seconds and the thing’s completely compromised at that point,” Synack co-founder Jay Kaplan told CNET. “To the point where you can get remote access. It’s very simple.”

The Synack team also cracked the machine from a mobile application by installing a remote desktop program to it. In one case study, Synack found a Virginia poll worker hacked the machine to play Minesweeper.

We can literally never have confidence in our election system until we go back to paper ballots and hand counts. 

It may take longer to determine the winners, but at least we will know they are the actual winners. 

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5 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 31, 2018 at 3:36 am - Reply

    They are using a WiFi system for voting?? Everyone knows it is given that WiFi can be hacked, why not just let the russians build the voting machines with the votes preloaded. So much for the 400 lb guy in the NJ basement.

  2. Anon July 31, 2018 at 8:42 am - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/facebook-busts-dozens-fake-accounts-attempting-influence-mid-term-elections/

    ‘The Times’ sources say that Facebook will publicly reveal more information about the alleged influence campaign on Tuesday afternoon, and the publication reports that it briefed Congress last week on its investigation into the accounts.

    “We know that Russians and other bad actors are going to continue to try to abuse our platform — before the midterms, probably during the midterms, after the midterms, and around other events and elections,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, said on a conference call with reporters earlier this month. “We are continually looking for that type of activity, and as and when we find things, which we think is inevitable, we’ll notify law enforcement, and where we can, the public.”’

  3. anon July 31, 2018 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/31/democratic-intelligence-committee-senator-hackers.html

    ““I think I have a number of tools that we deploy on a regular basis to make sure that we do the best we can. We also have to recognize that the Russians are really serious about this. Not just about hacking but the thing that worries me, even more, is what we have learned as a committee about their ongoing efforts in information warfare. To divide this country and be engaging the United States on all sorts of platforms from Pokemon Go to Facebook.””

  4. ANONYMOUS July 31, 2018 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/07/the-midterm-elections-are-in-serious-danger-of-being-hacked-thanks-to-trump/

    RELATED: “Russia Says Nothing Exists”: A Dozen Times Trump Has Downplayed Hacking
    After the 9/11 attacks, a bipartisan commission launched an investigation into what had happened and outlined reforms to confront newly salient threats. Even though a similar probe into Russia’s 2016 attack would have put Obama’s national security team on the spot, neither Trump nor the GOP-led Congress showed interest in any investigation that might appear to delegitimize the election that gave their party undivided control of Washington. “

  5. Anonymous August 5, 2018 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Watch Bill Maher. It’s not the voting machines you need to worry about. It’s those laptops being used to tally all the totals being reported from precincts. Yeah, we should be very afraid. And all use absentee ballots which are hand counted and provide a paper trail.

    Americans are just too damned lazy to count ballots and too damned impatient to wait for the results.

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