When you think of election security, you may believe that the code driving the computers responsible for vote tallies would be so heavily audited that only a highly experienced, state sponsored attacker could pull off a successful attack against it.
This is not the case.
Reportedly, an 11-year-old girl was able to compromise a clone of website and change results inside of 10 minutes. This comes after DEFCON 26’s revelation that all five models of electronic voting machines by Premier Elections Solutions (formerly Diebold) have newly discovered vulnerabilities.
Some may say that these tests don’t reflect the real environment in which these systems operate, but considering how vulnerable the code is that sits closest to results themselves and human interaction with them, can we really trust that the outer layers of protection are any better?
Now it is only common sense that all machines are hackable. The question becomes, “How easily hackable are they?” With the poor security surrounding our elections that researchers are uncovering, perhaps we don’t need to look to foreign operatives for threats.
Apparently, it is so easy, even a child can do it.