[NetBehaviour] How to steal an election by hacking the vote.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Oct 27 12:33:54 CEST 2006
How to steal an election by hacking the vote.
By Jon "Hannibal" Stokes.
One bad apple...
What if I told you that it would take only one person—one highly
motivated, but only moderately skilled bad apple, with either authorized
or unauthorized access to the right company's internal computer
network—to steal a statewide election? You might think I was crazy, or
alarmist, or just talking about something that's only a remote, highly
theoretical possibility. You also probably would think I was being
really over-the-top if I told you that, without sweeping and very costly
changes to the American electoral process, this scenario is almost
certain to play out at some point in the future in some county or state
in America, and that after it happens not only will we not have a clue
as to what has taken place, but if we do get suspicious there will be no
way to prove anything. You certainly wouldn't want to believe me, and I
don't blame you.
So what if I told you that one highly motivated and moderately skilled
bad apple could cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to
America's private sector by unleashing a Windows virus from the safety
of his parents' basement, and that many of the victims in the attack
would never know that they'd been compromised? Before the rise of the
Internet, this scenario also might've been considered alarmist folly by
most, but now we know that it's all too real.
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