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Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them

A US judge has OK'd the use of paperless electronic voting machines in Georgia – despite being "gravely concerned" about the state's ability to defend them from hackers. District Judge Amy Totenberg said in a ruling (PDF) issued Tuesday that the state would be allowed to use the machines to collect and tabulate votes in this …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2018
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Voting machine maker claims vote machine hack-fests a 'green light' for foreign hackers

Voting machine maker ES&S says it did not cooperate with the Voting Village at hacking conference DEF CON because it worried the event posed a national security risk. This is according to a letter the biz sent to four US senators in response to inquiries about why the manufacturer was dismissive of the show's village and its …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2018
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Voting machine maker vows to step up security, Fortnite bribes players to do 2FA – and more

Roundup Summer rolls on, Reg vultures are making the most of their hols before the September rush hits, and in the past week, we saw Lazarus malware targeting Macs, Adobe scrambling to get an emergency patch out, and Democrats losing their minds over a simple training exercise. Here's what else went down... SOLEO mission Researchers …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2018

Funnily enough, no, infosec bods aren't mad keen on W. Virginia's vote-by-phone-app plan

The US state of West Virginia plans to allow some of its citizens to vote in this year's midterm elections via a smartphone app – and its seemingly lax security is freaking out infosec experts. Voters living overseas, including military personnel and their spouses, will, in theory, be able to install and use the Voatz mobile …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Aug 2018
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Where hackers haven't directly influenced polls, they've undermined our faith in democracy

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, Twitter pooh-poohed any suggestion that Russian agents ran accounts on its platform for purposes of subverting the US election. A month ago, it was forced to eat its words, owning up to maybe just a few paltry 201. Last week, in the course of a Congressional grilling, that …
Jane Fae , 8 Nov 2017
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US voting server in election security probe is mysteriously wiped

Analysis A computer at the center of a lawsuit digging into woeful cyber-security practices during the US presidential election has been wiped. The server in question is based in Georgia – a state that narrowly backed Donald Trump, giving him 16 electoral votes – and stored the results from the state's voting systems. The deletion of …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Oct 2017
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Don't panic, Chicago, but an AWS S3 config blunder exposed 1.8 million voter records

A voting machine supplier for dozens of US states left records on 1.8 million Americans in public view for anyone to download – after misconfiguring its AWS-hosted storage. ES&S says it was notified by UpGuard researcher Chris Vickery of the vulnerable database that contained personal information it collected from recent …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2017
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Worried about election hacking? There's a technology fix – Helios

Election hacking is much in the news of late and there are fears that the Russians/rogue lefties/Bavarian illuminati et al are capable of falsifying results. For example, voters in the state of Georgia's sixth district are going to the polls on Tuesday for a close-fought election, and serious doubts have been raised about the …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jun 2017
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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

A 25-year-old contractor has been charged with leaking NSA files that claim Russian intelligence hacked at least one maker of voting software used in 2016's US elections. Reality Leigh Winner, who held a top-secret clearance and worked at government tech provider Pluribus International, is accused of passing classified …
Iain Thomson, 6 Jun 2017

Computer glitches force US election poll stations to stay open for longer

Polling stations in the swing US state of North Carolina will stay open late after mystery glitches stopped electronic voting systems from working. The board of elections in the political battleground voted within the past hour or so to allow eight precincts in Durham and Columbus counties to stay open past the previously …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Nov 2016
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London Mayor election day bug forced staff to query vote DB by hand

The confirmation of Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London last month was delayed for several hours by a database application bug. The announcement of the election's winner was pushed back from May 6 to May 7 as a result of the programming cockup, which was buried in the IntElect systems used to scan and tabulate citizens' votes. …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2016
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Buggy vote-counting software borks Australian election

The body overseeing elections in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has acknowledged researchers' claims of a bug in the software it uses to count votes. The NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) has corrected an error detected and described by researchers Andrew Conway and Vanessa Teague, and verified by computer …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2016
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'No password' database error exposes info on 93 million Mexican voters

Information on 93 million Mexican voters has been leaked online. Voter records were exposed as the result of a config error in a MongoDB database that meant that the information was left accessible by anyone who knew where to look. The database – hosted on Amazon AWS – included voters' names, addresses, voter ID numbers, dates …
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2016
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Eurovision Song Contest uncorks 1975 vote shocker: No 'Nul point'!

Voting for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has undergone its biggest overhaul in nearly 40 years. The Eurovision Song Contest final in May will for the first time record the votes of viewers – sent via SMS, phone and app – and judges separately. Before, votes from each country were combined to produce a total score. Now …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2016
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Password-less database 'open-sources' 191m US voter records on the web

Updated A database with personal information on 191,337,174 US voters has apparently been found unprotected online by a security researcher in Texas. Austin-based Chris Vickery – who earlier this month found records on 3.3 million Hello Kitty users splashed online – says the wide-open system contains the full names, dates of birth, …
Iain Thomson, 28 Dec 2015
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After #Election2015: How can we save Big Data?

¡Bong! Special The Skype window crackled into life, beaming a little piece of Manhattan live into my Shoreditch loft workspace. The ceiling, I could see, was decorated with empty vodka bottles and men’s underwear. A woodcutter’s axe, a signed souvenir from Marcus Mumford, formed the centrepiece, buried ironically into an upside down 6-core …
Steve Bong, 20 May 2015
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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

Feature On Thursday May 7, the UK goes to the polls for a General Election. For those from elsewhere, we use the First Past the Post voting system, with each MP representing a specific geographical constituency. So, a majority of one is enough to win a seat, and the party leader who can command a majority of votes in the House of …
Nigel Whitfield, 29 Apr 2015
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Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED

The US state of Virginia is decommissioning a long-serving electronic voting system after learning of its gaping security holes. The state's Board of Elections was urged to decertify the Wi-Fi-connected Advanced Voting Systems WINVote system after the boxes were found to lack basic security measures against physical and …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Apr 2015

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