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

Photo of Dr. Roger Johnston, CPP
Dr. Roger Johnston, CPP
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," he 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, http://tinyurl.com/DrRogerJohnston.

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

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