A lot of flaws allowed the hackers to entry the machines, together with weak default passwords and shoddy encryption. The group says the machines may very well be hacked by anybody with entry to them, and if ballot employees make errors or take shortcuts, the machines may very well be infiltrated by distant hackers.
This is not the first time we have been advised the machines are prone to hacks. This summer time we discovered that key election programs could have been uncovered on-line for months, and a minimum of one voting machine maker bought states programs with distant entry. With the 2020 election shortly approaching, states have little time to safe their programs. As The Washington Post stories, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is obstructing payments that may mandate election safety fixes. McConnell has endorsed giving $250 million in federal funds to state election officers, however that is considerably lower than the $600 million Democrats in the Senate and House have proposed.
We additionally know that Russian hackers accessed voter databases in two Florida counties earlier than the 2016 election. There’s cause to consider that hackers — and never simply these from Russia — would try and entry the susceptible voting machines in 2020. Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is making ready for ransomware assaults like we have seen in Atlanta and Baltimore, and NYU has recognized all of the methods social media disinformation ways may very well be used to undermine the election. Now, we have been warned that the voting machines pose one more danger.