At this year’s Defcon, it was Alex’s first time looking at the technology that voters use to cast their ballots — and he wasn’t impressed.
The machine he’s investigating is a ballot-marking device used to help people with physical impairments or language barriers vote, and it’s running a version of Windows that is more than 15 years old.
At @defcon and I’m still concerned for our upcoming election. This voting machine was used in Williamsburg, VA in the 2018 general election. Problem is, it’s running Windows CE 5.0 — software that is 15 years old with many known vulnerabilities. pic.twitter.com/ThYLjizTVh
— Rachel Tobac (@RachelTobac) August 11, 2019
“These systems crash at your Wal-Mart scanning your groceries. And we’re using those systems here to protect our democracy, which is a little bit unsettling,” he said.
“I wouldn’t even use this to control a camera at my house. Or my toaster.”
Read more by Miles Parks at NPR…