The Daily Sandwich

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

NYU Law report: lone hacker could change election

This is a long, fairly technical analysis of the issues facing electronic voting equipment. And it isn't very reassuring.

The good news: One person working to sway results from a single polling station probably wouldn't throw the race the other way, even if it was already tight.

The bad news: One person could throw the election anyway.

All three of the electronic systems they tested have "significant security and reliability vulnerabilities," but they found that "few jurisdictions have implemented any of the key countermeasures."

The really, really bad news: [I]t would take only one person, with a sophisticated technical knowledge and timely access to the software that runs the voting machines, to change the outcome.