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Watch: Can the US election be hacked? Yes, easy as pie


Professor Andrew Appel of Princeton University says at least 10 states are still using machines that are vulnerable to hacking. And you don't need the Russians to play dirty. Anyone with access to the machines for a reasonable amount of time, fraud on their minds and geeky enough can rig this thing.

"How do you know these machines have not been giving you wrong results for the last five years?" Prof Appel told Firstpost while chatting after the on-cam interview.

Professor Andrew Appel of Princeton University

Professor Andrew Appel of Princeton University

Touch screen voting machines riddled with bugs and security holes will be in full force in Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Delaware, Kentucky.

The low level game of election fraud is to just rig the machine to behave badly, the high stakes game end is to create cheating programs that shift votes around and are taught not to cheat while they are being tested.
44 million registered voters, accounting for 25 percent of the total US voters, live in jurisdictions that rely on paperless systems, including millions in contested states such as Georgia, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
That means one in four registered voters in America live in areas that will use electronic voting machines that don’t produce a paper backup.

For those of you who want to do a deep dive, here's what we read up before this interview:
https://freedom-to-tinker.com/2016/08/18/security-against-election-hacking-part-2-cyberoffense-is-not-the-best-cyberdefense/
https://freedom-to-tinker.com/2016/09/20/which-voting-machines-can-be-hacked-through-the-internet/
https://freedom-to-tinker.com/2016/08/17/security-against-election-hacking-part-1-software-independence/

First Published On : Sep 22, 2016 13:45 IST

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