Toppling democracy one byte at a time


We’ve got a (another) serious problem here folks.

(From Tech Crunch)

Many electronic voting machines and voter databases are inadequately protected and woefully outdated. An iPhone is more secure in a lot of ways than the systems that will determine the November outcome. As far as breaches are concerned, the recent discovery by the FBI is only the beginning. We must make addressing this risk a priority.

The more electronic voting becomes, the more instances where a few bytes can determine who wins. It’s scary when you think about the fragility of the system, but it’s real. And it’s already here. In 2012, 39 percent of voters cast their ballots using an electronic voting machine. Now, imagine if 39 percent of total votes are found fraudulent this November. The severity of the situation is immediately apparent.

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