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Voting Machine Used in Half of U.S. Is Vulnerable to Attack, Report Finds


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The Election Systems & Software Model 650 Central Scanner & Tabulator.

A report released Thursday found election machines used in more than half of U.S. states contain a decade-old flaw that makes them vulnerable to a cyberattack.

Credit: Robert McMillan/The Wall Street Journal

Election machines used in more than half of U.S. states contain a decade-old flaw that makes them vulnerable to a cyberattack, according to a report based on research conducted last month at the Def Con hacker conference, which was released Thursday.

The vulnerability was found in the Model 650 high-speed ballot-counting machine from Election Systems & Software (ES&S), and is one of about seven security issues identified in several models of voting equipment described in the report.

The Model 650 machine does not have the advanced security features of more-modern systems, but ES&S says its security is “strong enough to make it extraordinarily difficult to hack in a real-world environment."

Many of the flaws cited in the report can be exploited only through physical access to the machines, but hackers could exploit others via remote access.

The company has said it considers cybersecurity a top priority, and has never experienced a breach.

From The Wall Street Journal
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