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According to the report, “A hacker was essentially able to convert a voting machine into a jukebox, from which it used to play music and display animations.”

Voting hackers
via:varthabharati.in

LAS Vegas: Between the increasing debate about whether Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are hackable or not, Election Officers in the US are worried about increasing “Information warfare” as mid-term elections.

According to a CNN report, in the annual “Deaf Con-Hacker Conference” during the weekend, state and local election officials saw what participants in the conference can do to make hackers vote for the machines.

According to the report, “A hacker was essentially able to convert a voting machine into a jukebox, from which it used to play music and display animations.”

“However, such hacks are the cause of concern for election officials, they are looking beyond traditional election infrastructures such as voting machines and voting databases and threats of rebellion.”

Voting hackers
via:ndtv.com

On this occasion, about 40 child hackers were able to tamper with votes lengths on fake versions of the election board websites, changing some candidates into things like “Bob the Builder” and “Head of Richard Nixon”.

California State Secretary Alex Padilla said, “There has always been concern about the integrity of our elections and has always been a cause for concern about misunderstandings and broadcasting around the campaign.”

This time, in the conference “Voting Machine Hacking Village” showed a new set of voting machines which will be used in mid-term elections of 2018.

17 parties, including Congress and Trinamool Congress, have approached the Election Commission to restore the paper ballot system in view of their fears about the integrity of the EVM and the possibility of their manipulation.

Voting Hackers
via:nextgov.com