Voting Fears Confirmed

A lot of people still wonder if Al Gore won Florida in the 2000 Presidential election. Hanging chads, missing ballot boxes and ballot layout issues aside, a lot of hinky things happened in the state during the voting process. Since that time, voters have believed that the best solutions would be found through technology and a lot of electronic voting methods were created throughout the United States, including scan-style paper ballot and touch-screen voting machines, to prevent voting fraud.

BlogSpot on Tuesday, April 14, it was revealed to the horror of many American voters that one specific type of touch-screen machine used in Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Virginia from 2002 to 2014 — the AVS WINVote Machine — has design flaws that allow remote hacking. This revelation means that anyone could have hacked the machines and changed the course of the elections.

Pro V&V and the Virginia Information Technology Agency confirmed that the machine design is incredibly flawed. It contains an outdated version of the Windows OS that can be overwhelming by malware. A remote hacker can also easily bypass the password screen. Worse yet, the machines allow users to use “abcde” or “admin” as their passwords.

The machines also do not have the ability to record usage for security purposes. As a result, there are no reviewable or printable security logs to look at that could help researchers determine if the machines were ever hacked.