aside An 11 Year Old Was Able To Hack Into A FL Voting Machine In 10 Minutes To Alter Votes

The truth is that without a proper audit, “we the people” will never know if the Russians went beyond hacking into 39 US states’ voting systems to change votes. It is upsetting for me to know for a fact, that an 11 year old boy was able to hack into a replica Florida voting website within 10 minutes to manipulate votes.

Here’s the rest of the story…

On August 12, 2018, Michael D. Regan of PBS.org penned the following report, “An 11-year-old changed election results on a replica Florida state website in under 10 minutes”

Excerpts:

“An 11-year-old boy on Friday was able to hack into a replica of the Florida state election website and change voting results found there in under 10 minutes during the world’s largest yearly hacking convention, DEFCON 26, organizers of the event said.”

“Thousands of adult hackers attend the convention annually, while this year a group of children attempted to hack 13 imitation websites linked to voting in presidential battleground states.”

“The boy, who was identified by DEFCON officials as Emmett Brewer, accessed a replica of the Florida secretary of state’s website. He was one of about 50 children between the ages of 8 and 16 who were taking part in the so-called “DEFCON Voting Machine Hacking Village,” a portion of which allowed kids the chance to manipulate vote tallies, party names, candidate names and vote count totals.”

Harri Hursti, a co-coordinator of a weekend-long Voting
Harri Hursti, a co-coordinator of a weekend-long Voting Machine Hacking Village event at the DefCon computer security conference in Las Vegas. Hursti is a partner at Nordic Innovation Labs and an expert on election security issues. (Photo: Elizabeth Weise)

“Nico Sell, the co-founder of the the non-profit r00tz Asylum, which teaches children how to become hackers and helped organize the event, said an 11-year-old girl also managed to make changes to the same Florida replica website in about 15 minutes, tripling the number of votes found there.”

“Sell said more than 30 children hacked a variety of other similar state replica websites in under a half hour.”

“These are very accurate replicas of all of the sites,” Sell told the PBS NewsHour on Sunday. “These things should not be easy enough for an 8-year-old kid to hack within 30 minutes, it’s negligent for us as a society.”

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“Sell said the idea for the event began last year, after adult hackers were able to access similar voting sites in less than five minutes.”

“So this year we decided to bring the voting village to the kids as well,” she said.”

“In a statement regarding the event, the National Association of Secretaries of State said it is “ready to work with civic-minded members of the DEFCON community wanting to become part of a proactive team effort to secure our elections.” But the organization expressed skepticism over the hackers’ abilities to access the actual state websites.”

“It would be extremely difficult to replicate these systems since many states utilize unique networks and custom-built databases with new and updated security protocols,” it read. “While it is undeniable websites are vulnerable to hackers, election night reporting websites are only used to publish preliminary, unofficial results for the public and the media. The sites are not connected to vote counting equipment and could never change actual election results.”’

“But Sell said the exercise the children took part in demonstrates the level of security vulnerabilities found in the U.S. election system.”

“To me that statement says that the secretaries of states are not taking this seriously. Although it’s not the real voting results it’s the results that get released to the public. And that could cause complete chaos,” she said. “The site may be a replica but the vulnerabilities that these kids were exploiting were not replicas, they’re the real thing.”

“I think the general public does not understand how large a threat this is, and how serious a situation that we’re in right now with our democracy,” she said.”

“Matt Blaze, a professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania who helped organize the “hacking village,” said that thousands of adults including voting security experts also tried to access voting machines and other voting software currently being used in U.S. elections today to become “more knowledgeable about voter technology.”

6 comments

    • Dear Suzanne,

      It is frightening. Hugh states the obvious, “But unlike so many other problems, this one can be solved easily: paper ballots.” My issue is, why on earth would there be resistance to this simple, sensible solution?

      Thanks a million for your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Dear Mz. Gronda,

        I don’t think it is the question that causes concern, as much as we already know why they are resisting the simple change to paper.. When the system is controlled by the very people that won the game due to the manipulated vote, would you really except them to want to fix the problem? With no honor at the top, should we really be surprised to find no honor at the bottom?

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        • Dear Crustyolemothman,

          You have the answer. It is the answer that bothers me. There is only one reason that there would be resistance to a simple solution to a potentially complicated problem with far reaching consequences. It is because these same power brokers don’t want a fix.

          Hugs, Gronda

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