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Presidential Voting Machines Are Vulnerable to Hacking, Says Cybersecurity Company
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Presidential Voting Machines Are Vulnerable to Hacking, Says Cybersecurity Company

by Rebecca CampbellNovember 7, 2016

The day of reckoning will soon be upon millions of American as they head to the polls to elect its 45th President between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but according to one cybersecurity company, the voting machines used are vulnerable to hacking, reports CNBC.

According to Real Clear Politics, Clinton currently has 203 of the overall electoral college vote with Trump claiming 164. However, even though Clinton has remained in the lead for most of the election, there are concerns that vulnerability of the voting machines could leave them open to hackers.

Speaking to CNBC, Cris Thomas, a strategist for Tenable Network Security, said:

The machines themselves physically have been shown to be very vulnerable.

Not only that, but according to the Department of Homeland Security, hackers have already tried to breach the election systems in over 20 states, raising concerns as to how secure this election will be.

Researchers at cybersecurity company, Symantec, discovered voting machines that had been used in the last election, which still had information from the last election on them, filled with security vulnerabilities.

Samir Kapuria, a senior vice president for Symantec, stated that voters were given a card to insert and use to then cast their ballot; however, this same card could be reused again and again by the same voter, leaving no paper trail, and opening the door to multiple votes.

With such a threat to the voting system, voters’ trust in the voting system could reduce significantly.

Kapuria said to CNBC that:

That’s why it’s such a risk…it could create fear, uncertainty, or doubt in the whole election process.

Hacking Unlikely to Happen

However, with more than 9,000 dominions utilizing different forms of voting systems, with many of the systems not linked to the Internet, experts believe that hacking on a massive scale is unlikely to take place.

That, however, is not stopping governments from keeping an eye on things as the countdown to election day gets closer.

For some, though, this election is not what worries experts when it comes to security: it’s the 2020 Presidential election.

Thomas said:

Starting on November 9, we really need to have a strong national conversation about what we’re going to do with our voting systems so that the next election we don’t have this same issue.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has recently been in the news again over her use of private email servers while serving as Secretary of State; however, while the FBI had initially stated that Clinton would face no criminal charges, The Telegraph, a U.K. broadsheet, has reported that the FBI’s recent reopening of the case has given Trump a boost in voting numbers.

After the FBI announcement, Trump is reported to have stated that this is ‘bigger than Watergate.’

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