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Michigan's elections director expressed skepticism today about national reports that say a computer security expert at the University of Michigan is part of a group of scientists questioning the results of the presidential election in Michigan and two other states, claiming that their analysis identified irregularities that could point to possible computer hacking.
J. Alex Halderman, director of U-M's Center for Computer Security and Society, is one of a small group of computer scientists urging the Democratic presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton to call for recounts in the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, according to reports on CNN and elsewhere, citing an unnamed source.
Chris Thomas, the longtime director of Michigan's Bureau of Elections, said Michigan doesn't use the electronic voting machines identified in the report as being the sources of potential hacking.
"We are an entire paper and optical scan state," Thomas told the Free Press this morning. "Nothing is connected to the Internet."
originally posted by: Kettu
a reply to: Gothmog
So...how are the results transmitted to anyone? Hand carried USB drive? Is there a "print results" button on the USB drive? No? Didn't think so.
Also how is the ballot loaded onto the USB drive, so that the ballot can be loaded onto a voting machine?
When plug an encrypted USB drive into a computer, you have to UNLOCK it before you can transfer files onto it. And then you have to UNLOCK it once you plug it into the voting machine to program the machine with the ballot.
While transferring the ballot information to the drive (which is then encrypted) it's entirely possible malware like was seen in Ukraine could hitch a ride.