The nation's top voting machine maker has admitted in a letter to a federal lawmaker that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems it sold over a period of six years, raising questions about the security of those systems and the integrity of elections that were conducted with them.
In a letter sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in April and obtained recently by Motherboard, Election Systems and Software acknowledged that it had "provided pcAnywhere remote connection software … to a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006," which was installed on the election-management system ES&S sold them.Electronic voting has two computer components: the voting machines (where you cast your ballot) and the election management machines (where the ballots are counted). The security of the voting machines themselves has been pretty much deplorable, and we've known this for a very long time. But the saving grace is that to hack the election you need to hack a bunch of voting machines, and you need physical access to do so. That hakes it hard - not impossible, but hard (read: expensive) and so the risk is mitigated by the real world (im)practicalities of the scenario.
But the election management systems, aye there's the rub. The votes get dumped from the voting machines into the management systems where they get counted and tabulated. And those machines were connected to the 'net.
Ooooooh kaaaaaay. Good thinking.
So riddle me this, Voter Fraud Man. If you wanted to change an election, would you try to gain physical access to maybe thousands of voting machines in key swing districts, using hundreds of accomplices who might get caught (or blab to the PoPo), or would you target a few dozen of remotely accessible (and poorly protected) election management computers where you just change the counted results by a few percent to swing the election your way? After connecting from a jurisdiction that doesn't have an extradition treaty with the USA.
Take your time thinking about it, I'll be right here.
For extra credit, what do you think the password of the PCAnywhere remote access software was?
So we are governed by dumbasses. No, not the idiots who designed and sold this bleeding turkey of a voting system. The ones who bought this bleeding turkey of a voting system.
In a younger and more vigorous era of the Republic, the sellers (and buyers) of this smoking train wreck would have been horse whipped through the public square. Alas, for the decline of the America.