The Shared Security Podcast Episode 79 – Election Hacking and Vulnerable Voting Machines

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This is the 79th episode of the Shared Security Podcast sponsored by Security Perspectives – Your Source for Tailored Security Awareness Training and Assessment Solutions and Silent Pocket. This episode was hosted by Tom Eston and Scott Wright recorded August 23, 2018. Listen to this episode and previous ones direct via your web browser by clicking here!

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In this episode Tom and Scott discuss election hacking which has been top of mind for many of us and a hot topic in the news, especially with the midyear elections coming up in the United States. Tom talks about the DEF CON Voting Machine Hacking Village, what was discovered and how hacking voting machines will hopefully make elections more secure in the future. As mentioned on the show, we recommend checking out previous podcast guest Rachel Tobac’s short video on how easy it was to hack a voting machine used in 18 US states in under 2 minutes:

Scott also discusses the recent phishing “attack” on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that actually was a authorized phishing test and some of the challenges with disclosing or not disclosing phishing tests to employees.

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  • […] Surprisingly, many areas of the country are still using paper ballots. In fact, 21 states are using full paper ballots and others are using a hybrid approach of paper and voting machines. As you can imagine the security of voting machines has been a hotly debated topic ever since the DEF CON hacking conference that took place in August of this year. This conference had a voting machine hacking village in which several different types of real voting machines were found to be vulnerable to many different types of attacks. These attacks could manipulate election results as well as cause other havoc on the overall election system. The biggest concern found with vulnerable voting machines though is physical security as the majority of these hacks require physical access to the voting machine.  As long as polling places and local governments running and managing voting infrastructure takes the physical security of these machines serious, the risk of election result manipulation via the machine itself remains very low. If you’re interested in learning more about voting machine security, Scott and I dedicated an entire episode to this fascinating topic in episode 79 of our monthly show. […]

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