Could Hackers Decide The Election By Changing The Voting Results In Ohio?
October 29th, 2012
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Could this be the first presidential election in U.S. history to be decided by hackers?¬† In recent years, hackers all over the globe have become increasingly sophisticated.¬† Meanwhile, our computer-based voting systems have repeatedly been shown to be extremely vulnerable.¬† This is particularly true in the crucial swing state of Ohio.¬† Several years ago the Ohio Secretary of State actually¬†issued a report¬†which stated that the voting machines used in Ohio are “susceptible to breaches of security that may jeopardize the integrity of the voting process.”¬† This is very disturbing, especially considering the fact that both the Obama campaign and the Romney campaign pretty much admit that whoever wins Ohio is going to win the election.¬† The state of Ohio has voted for the winner in every presidential election¬†since 1964, and most analysts agree that the 18 electoral votes from Ohio are almost certainly going to determine the outcome of this election.¬† So will someone be tempted to tamper with the election results in Ohio?¬† Sadly, if someone did want to hack the voting results in Ohio it would apparently not be that hard to do.
Back in 2007, a risk assessment study was performed on computer-based voting systems in Ohio.¬† That study was called “Project Everest“, and it came to some absolutely startling conclusions.¬† The following is a brief excerpt from that report…
Unfortunately, the findings in this study indicate that the computer-based voting systems in use in Ohio do not meet computer industry security standards and are susceptible to breaches of security that may jeopardize the integrity of the voting process. Such safeguards were neither required by federal regulatory authorities, nor voluntarily applied to their systems by voting machine companies, as these products were certified for use in federal and state elections.
In particular, the study was quite hard on the voting machines produced by a company known as Hart InterCivic.¬† These voting machines are used in Hamilton County, which is considered to be a crucial section of the state.¬† George W. Bush won Hamilton County is 2004 and Barack Obama won it in 2008.¬† According¬†to reporter Ben Swann, there are some legitimate concerns about the security of these machines…
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