Thursday, June 29, 2006

A Single Person Could Swing an Election

How important is one vote?

The Washington Post reports a single person could swing an election. As long as he's a hacker.

A team of cybersecurity experts tested electronic voting machines in a mock election -- and were able to change the outcome. In it -- candidate Tom Jefferson actually led by 80,000 votes -- but a hacker was able to reprogram voting machines so that the win went to his opponent -- Johnny Adams.

Easiest way to prevent the fraud? Researchers say an auditable paper trail. None of the major voting machines provide those right now. (WashPost)

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