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Experts: Florida Voting Machines Ripe for Foreign Hackers

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The Election Systems & Software DS200 vote scanner and tabulator.

Computer scientists concerned about the security of specific voting machines in use in 49 Florida counties.

Credit: Election Systems & Software

Computer scientists have expressed concerns about the security of voting machines used in 49 Florida counties.

Although election officials claim the machines are not vulnerable to remote hacking because they are never connected to the Internet, the DS200 voting tabulator uses a wireless connection to transmit results.

Finnish computer scientist Harri Hursti said the machine features software that operates like a cellphone and uses Internet Protocol when connecting to the wireless network.

Princeton University's Andrew Appel said a hacker could penetrate a border router from the Internet or by walking near a polling place with a Stingray, a portable device that can capture data by mimicking a cellphone tower.

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