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Aging Software in Voting Machines are Causing Cyber security Issues

At least they’re Windows 7, not XP or 2000!…:

Ever since it was revealed that Russians were trying to hack into the voting machines of America during the elections in 2016, states have been investing heavily in newer systems and have heightened their security measures.

There is only one problem and that is that the software on the latest machines is aging out and soon would not be supported by security updates from the production companies.

The diverse majority of ten thousand election jurisdictions throughout the country rely on Windows 7 or an another older operating system for programming their machines, tallying votes, making ballots and reporting counts to the county.

Windows 7 is all ready reach the end of its in less than 6 months on January 14. Microsoft shall stop the provision of technical support as well as producing patches for fixing the security vulnerabilities, hence putting most of these systems at a risk of getting hacked.

These impending security problems have also earned some attention from lawmakers. Senator Ron Wyden wrote on July 12th to the Federal Election Assistance Commission asking what the agency was doing for addressing the looming cyber security crisis.

Wyden said that the continued utilization of out-of-date software in the voting machines as well as computers that are used for administering elections lay out an open invitation for foreign hackers which is completely unacceptable. He said that the Americans, now more than ever, expect the government to secure their system of election from foreign attacks.

Wyden wrote that DHS had revealed that it did not have the data and had no idea how vulnerable their election infrastructure was to foreign hackers.

Original article here

Peter Glock
Over 30 years of designing, building and managing telecoms and IT services. Primarily working with large enterprise and professional services businesses in Asia, North America, continental Europe and the UK. Information security professional, secret physics nerd.
https://brownglock.com

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