Intelligent Machines

Hack: How to Steal an Election

Princeton University computer scientists expose the weakness of a diebold voting machine.

This September, researchers from Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), led by Edward Felten, released a damning paper and accompanying video that showed how easily they were able to rig a mock election by loading a virus of their design onto a Diebold ­AccuVote-TS, one of the most commonly used electronic voting machines in the United States.

Click here for our description of Princeton’s hack on the Diebold-AccuVote-TS.

Read David Talbot’s article, “Will Your Vote Count?”, to find out more about growing concerns over possible breakdowns, voter confusion, and fraud.

The latest Insider Conversation is live! Listen to the story behind the story.

Subscribe today
Already a Premium subscriber? Log in.

Uh oh–you've read all of your free articles for this month.

Insider Premium
$179.95/yr US PRICE

More from Intelligent Machines

Artificial intelligence and robots are transforming how we work and live.

Want more award-winning journalism? Subscribe to Insider Plus.
  • Insider Plus {! insider.prices.plus !}*

    {! insider.display.menuOptionsLabel !}

    Everything included in Insider Basic, plus ad-free web experience, select discounts to partner offerings and MIT Technology Review events

    See details+

    What's Included

    Bimonthly home delivery and unlimited 24/7 access to MIT Technology Review’s website.

    The Download. Our daily newsletter of what's important in technology and innovation.

    Access to the Magazine archive. Over 24,000 articles going back to 1899 at your fingertips.

    Special Discounts to select partner offerings

    Discount to MIT Technology Review events

    Ad-free web experience

/
You've read all of your free articles this month. This is your last free article this month. You've read of free articles this month. or  for unlimited online access.