Can the elections get hacked?
Written by a NortonLifeLock employee
The security of electronic voting machines has been the subject of scrutiny, just before the November U.S. presidential elections. Are they secure? Are they anonymous? And if the answer is yes, how can we possibly know? A Symantec security expert recently demonstrated just what a motivated hacker can do to undermine the election by hacking an electronic voting machine.
Can Hackers Hack the Election?
At the Black Hat convention this year, Symantec’s Brian Varner demonstrated a security flaw in an electronic voting machine and the smart card a voter would use to place their vote. Using a small device to exploit this flaw a hacker could potentially cast multiple votes, tampering with the system. This is concerning when five states (Georgia, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina and New Jersey) use electronic voting machines without a paper ballot verification system to audit the results, according to a CNN report.
Other Cybersecurity Concerns
Another cybersecurity concerns calls into question the security of election databases and voters’ data. Officials recently confirmed that the state election databases of Arizona and Illinois had been hacked and investigations into the security breach are under way, according to several news reports.
Other cybercriminals are capitalizing on interest in the U.S. elections to promote malicious spam. A click bait story involving presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is being used in a spam email campaign to spread malware. Satnam Narang, Norton security expert, wrote in a blog post detailing this malicious spam campaign that people should proceed with caution when receiving any sort of sensationalized content referencing the November elections campaign. “With less than 90 days to go until Election Day, we advise everyone to keep an eye out for suspicious emails that may use either presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, as bait. When seeking news related to the US elections only visit trusted news websites and avoid opening unsolicited emails.”
As this story continues to develop, stay tuned to the Norton Protection Blog for cybersecurity news and research.
Editorial note: Our articles provide educational information for you. NortonLifeLock offerings may not cover or protect against every type of crime, fraud, or threat we write about. Our goal is to increase awareness about cyber safety. Please review complete Terms during enrollment or setup. Remember that no one can prevent all identity theft or cybercrime, and that LifeLock does not monitor all transactions at all businesses.
Copyright © 2023 NortonLifeLock Inc. All rights reserved. NortonLifeLock, the NortonLifeLock Logo, the Checkmark Logo, Norton, LifeLock, and the LockMan Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NortonLifeLock Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and other countries. Firefox is a trademark of Mozilla Foundation. Android, Google Chrome, Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google, LLC. Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Microsoft and the Window logo are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. The Android robot is reproduced or modified from work created and shared by Google and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.