After the 2000 Presidential Election, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to update our ageing and confusing voting systems with easy-to-use touch screen voting machines. While the intention was good, many of those voting machines haven’t been
updated since, and are vulnerable to attack. We all know now that foreign adversaries pay very close attention to our elections. At the most recent DEFCON,
hackers and security researchers were able to compromise dozens of voting machines with relative ease – and during an election, these same vulnerabilities would allow an actor to change vote tallies or manipulate voter registration databases, often with
little to no trace.