Lulu Friesdat

Was the Heated 2016 Democratic Primary Rigged for Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

In August 2016, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz faced off against progressive maverick and Bernie Sanders supporter Tim Canova—her first-ever primary challenger—after six terms in Congress.

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Watch the Video: DEF CON Hackers Got Into Many Voting Machines and an E-Poll Book

How long will defenders of America’s electronic voting systems ignore the present danger hacking presents to U.S. elections?

After numerous reports that hackers attending last weekend’s DEF CON 25 conference breached a variety of voting machines, defenders of the systems heaped scorn on the news, saying the one machine that was breached had been taken out of use more than a year ago. They also said the machines had to be taken apart to access key components, suggesting that was an unlikely scenario.

"What is with @thehill clickbait? This story about WinVote machines -- used in few VA counties & decertified in 2015,” tweeted Michael McDonald, a University of Florida political scientist who is among the nation’s most-quoted experts on voter turnout trends. 

They are wrong to think the hacking stopped there. The WINvote, which has been decertified, was hacked within minutes of the doors opening. But over the course of the next three days, hackers penetrated or found major security flaws in every machine present. Many of those machines are in use in multiple states, including swing states like Wisconsin and Florida.DEF CON hackers said they took complete control of an e-poll book, a type of election equipment in use in dozens of states where voters arrive at precincts, sign in and receive their ballots. That is exactly the type of equipment that was likely breached in at least one state in 2016.

They also found major security flaws in the Sequoia AVC Edge, in use in 13 states and the AccuVote TSX, in use in 19 states. A different version of the AccuVote was used recently in Georgia's $50 million congressional election.

Hackers then went to work on the iVotronic, currently in use in 18 states. With one button they were able to bypass the first security screen and gain access to the admin screen. They found the password through Google. The password turns out to be svcsvc. Now in control of the admin screen and the password, it is likely they could go further in the near future.

Although data on some machines was accessed by taking the machine apart, it is important to remember that many individuals and salespeople working with vendors likely have access to these machines in similar conditions. Machines also are stored overnight in people's homes. Hackers found unencrypted code in plain text that they said would be a piece of cake to modify.

Machine usage according to Verified Voting.

World's Leading Hackers Explain Why You Don't Want Huge Tech Companies Controlling Everything in Your House

Is the Internet of Things the next big productivity leap in modern times? Or is it, as it was commonly referred to at DEFCON 25, the Internet of Sh*t?

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Watch: Hackers Demonstrate How to Crack Into Electronic Voting Machines in Minutes

Who says America's electronic voting machinery cannot be hacked?

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Many Troubling, Unanswered Questions about Voting Machinery in Georgia House Runoff

The results from Georgia’s sixth district congressional race are odd.

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As Millions Pour into Georgia's Congressional Runoff, the Voting Machinery Is Among the Worst in America: Hackable, Paperless, Unverifiable

There are so many disturbing aspects to the special election happening in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, it’s hard to know where to begin.

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Epic Fight Over Florida's Political Future Looms As Constitutional Amendment to Restore Felon Voting Rights Clears Hurdle

A seismic political battle that could send shockwaves all the way to the White House was launched last week in Florida. On Thursday, the Voting Rights Amendment, a ballot initiative restoring voting rights to non-violent individuals with felony convictions cleared a major hurdle when the state Supreme Court unanimously determined that the measure is constitutional and can be placed on the 2018 ballot, if organizers can collect enough signatures.

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New Video: Experts Say Wisconsin Voting Machines Can Be Hacked

Our investigative look back at the Wisconsin recount finds that—despite repeated warnings by computer experts that connecting voting machines to the internet puts them at risk of hacking—the voting machines in some counties in Wisconsin are using wireless modems. This hardware creates a connection that in all likelihood has internet capability, even as the chair of the Election Assistance Commission swears to Congress that the machines are not connected this way. Plus, an international computer security expert shows how the voting machines can be hacked even when they're not connected to the web.

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New Video: Watch Wisconsin Election Officials Reject Hand Counts After Electronic Scanners Make Big Mistake

The Wisconsin presidential recount may be over, but it revealed how deeply flawed America's voting machinery can be.

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New Video Shows What A Presidential Recount Looks Like in Wisconsin and Why Only Hand Counts Can Be Trusted

The presidential recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania launched by Green Party candidate Jill Stein are showing Americans that verifying the vote is anything but a simple task.

In this report by Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist and filmmaker Lulu Friesdat, we get an on the ground look at what that process looks like in eastern Wisconsin. While election officials and poll workers see the recount as a monumental and painstaking task, election integrity experts, who know how electronic voting systems can be hacked and are prone to errors, say that Wisconsin's recount process is not following best practices to determine if the reported results are correct.

This is the first of a three part series evaluating the recount. Part 1 focuses on accuracy.

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