Rice University professor shows students how a voting machine can be rigged
October 7, 2008 Rice University Professor Shows Students How a Voting Machine can be Rigged
Dan Wallach, Director of Rice's Computer Security Lab, split a class of undergraduate and graduate students into two groups: one to tweak voting software to influence an election; the other to try to track down the hackers. This was used to demonstrate how vulnerable a voting machine can be rigged as a threat for massive elections fraud.
"What we've found is that it's very easy to insert subtle changes to the voting machine," Wallach said. "If someone has access and wants to do damage, it's very straightforward to do it."
In 2006, electronic voting machines accounted for over 40 per cent of votes cast in US elections, and these numbers are expected to be higher still this year.