E-Voting Fraud Spreads Around the World


In a follow-up to an earlier post on problems with electronic voting machines in California, there was a story today in the Seattle Times about the "apparent vote-rigging schemes in Venezuela, Macedonia and Ukraine and a raft of concerns about the [electronic voting] machines' vulnerability to tampering."

The story says that CIA cybersecurity expert Steve Stigall appeared last month before a U.S. Election Assistance Commission field hearing in Orlando, Fla. and discussed "attempts to use computers to undermine democratic elections in developing nations."

Stigall allegedly said that the CIA got interested in e-voting a few years ago after becoming concerned that foreigners might attempt to hack US election systems. Stigall reportedly did not talk about electronic voting machine fraud in US elections in his presentation, however.

In this regard, a Risk Factor reader pointed out in comments to my previous post that officials in Clay County, Kentucky including the circuit court judge, the county clerk and election officers have been arrested on charges they "manipulated" electronic voting machines. You can read more how here and here.

Also, see Bruce Schneier's blog and the Brad Friedman Blog.


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