Concerns among US Senators about voting machine integrity ahead of 2020 elections

27 Mar 2019

Four Democrat US Senators issued a letter to the manufacturers of US voting machines, urging them to explain why they are selling devices with security flaws, that if exploited, might undermine the results of the 2020 elections. The companies, ES&S, Dominion Voting, and Hart InterCivic have more than 90% of the US election equipment market share and previous studies have proven their machines’ vulnerability. The companies have until 9 April to respond to the senators’ letter.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) includes a wide range of Internet-connected devices, from highly digitalised cars, home appliances (e.g. fridges), and smart watches, to digitalised clothes that can monitor health. IoT devices are often connected in wide-systems, typically described as 'smart houses' or 'smart cities'.

Cybersecurity is among the main concerns of governments, Internet users, technical and business communities. Cyberthreats and cyberattacks are on the increase, and so is the extent of the financial loss. 

Yet, when the Internet was first invented, security was not a concern for the inventors. In fact, the Internet was originally designed for use by a closed circle of (mainly) academics. Communication among its users was open.

Cybersecurity came into sharper focus with the Internet expansion beyond the circle of the Internet pioneers. The Internet reiterated the old truism that technology can be both enabling and threatening. What can be used to the advantage of society can also be used to its disadvantage.

 

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