US “Hack” Shows Indian Voting Machines Are Not Foolproof
Washington, D.C.: Indian voting Machines are considered to be the most foolproof devices in the world, but a recent display of a hack on the Internet performed by scientists at a US university exposes a vulnerability of these machines.
India uses about 1.4 million electronic devices in the general elections.
Professor Alex Halderman and his team in University of Michigan were successful in hacking an identical Indian voting machine by sending messages from a cell phone.
However for this to happen, the hackers have to get hold of the actual machines that are being used for voting.
“We made an imitation display board that looks almost exactly like the real display in the machines, but underneath some of the components of the board, we hide a microprocessor and a Bluetooth radio ” Halderman told the BBC News.
The hack essentially intercepts the communication between the CPU and the display board to manipulate the results.
For all practical purposes though, getting hold of machines to tamper them seem to be difficult.
“It is not just the machine, but the overall administrative safeguards, which we use that make it absolutely impossible for anyone to open the machine,” said Alok Shukla, India’s deputy election commissioner, to BBC.
The paper and wax could be easily faked, the scientists told BBC.
Halderman had also hacked many voting machines that included America’s voting machines in the past and was vocal in recommending Hillary Clinton to go for presidential election 2016 recount in critical states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.