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The Insecurity of Digital Voting Machines

The Insecurity of Digital Voting Machines

Friday, March 25, 2011 - 11:00pm

Organization: Illinois Ballot Integrity Project


Description: "How to Tweak a Voting Machine--by Remote Control"

Dr. Roger Johnston, Leader
Vulnerability Assessment Team
Argonne National Laboratory

Friday, March 25, 2011
7-9 PM

The auditorium of
Illinois Institute of Technology
201 East Loop Road
Wheaton, Illinois

"Yes, it's remarkable how many high-tech security products, really
don't have much security," [Johnston] said.

One of the most frightening examples Johnston has turned up is in one
of the nation's most treasured franchises: the right to vote. He said
he's found that most voting machines have almost no security to reveal
tampering. Thus, he said, it's a fairly simple matter to tinker with
the electronics while machines are in storage or being transported by
the truckload. He has even demonstrated how he can turn cheating
mechanisms in voting machines on and off by remote control.

"It's much easier to steal the election, right at the electronic voting
machine," said Johnston. "In many cases, we see security devices or
electronic voting machines where we really have to wonder, 'Did anybody
spend 60 seconds figuring out the security issues?"

--The above is excerpted from a report by NBC News online,

(For some tongue-in-cheek security advice, see Dr. Johnston's Maxims, .)

Sponsored by--
DuPage County Chapter,
Illinois Ballot Integrity Project