Privacy Flaw Identified in Election Software in 21 States
This glaring flaw likely won’t be fixed in time for the midterms. Let’s pray for God to do what man-made machines cannot.
From The National Pulse. J. Alex Halderman, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, claims to have identified a critical privacy flaw in the election infrastructure sold by Dominion Voting Systems. …
Halderman … shared the website DVSorder.org on his social media channels on Friday.
1/ Colleagues and I have found a serious privacy flaw that affects Dominion ICP and ICE ballot scanners. We've already informed Dominion, CISA, EAC, and state officials, and we've created a site to help officials and the public understand the issue:https://t.co/ErwqtixOVC
— J. Alex Halderman (@jhalderm) October 14, 2022
What Is Affected and Where?
DVSorder is a privacy flaw that affects Dominion Voting Systems (DVS) ImageCast Precinct (ICP) and ImageCast Evolution (ICE) ballot scanners, which are used in parts of 21 states. Under some circumstances, the flaw could allow members of the public to identify other peoples’ ballots. …
The states potentially affected are: California, Alaska, Minnesota, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, as well as the territory of Puerto Rico.
Can This ‘Flip the Votes’?
The researchers explain:
This vulnerability is a privacy flaw and cannot directly modify results or change votes. Nevertheless, the secret ballot is an important security mechanism, and some voters—especially the most vulnerable in society—may face real or perceived threats of coercion unless the privacy of their votes is strongly protected. …
How Does This Flaw Work?
The technical details are as follows:
When a ballot is cast on a Dominion ICP or ICE scanner, it is assigned a random-looking “record ID” number, which uniquely identifies each ballot within a batch from a particular machine. … The [system] shuffles the ballots to mask the order in which they were cast, but each ballot is still labeled with the original record ID.
Unfortunately, the Dominion ICP and ICE scanner software is flawed such that ballot record IDs are assigned in a predictable manner. This allows anyone to unshuffle the ballot images or cast vote records and learn the order in which they were cast. …
Will It Affect the Mid Terms?
According to Halderman and his team:
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has informed us that Dominion plans to correct the flaw in future firmware versions. However, our understanding is that no patches will be available until after the November election. …
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(Excerpt from The National Pulse. Photo Credit: Element5 Digital on Unsplash)
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