A group of researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois have come up with a new way of manipulating electronic voting machines from a remote location.
Shockingly, the e-voting machines hacked by the researchers, are the same ones used by voters in deciding the country’s future leadership.
The new hacking technique invented by the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne Laboratory (a division of the Department of Energy), can be exploited by spending just $26, and worse even, it does not require any high level intelligence, but just the basic 8th grade science education.
The same e-voting machines, which were found vulnerable during the study, will be used in the forthcoming 2012 presidential election too.
“When the voter hits the 'vote now' button to register his votes, we can blank the screen and then go back and vote differently and the voter will be unaware that this has happened,” explained Roger Johnston - one of the researchers, according to an MSNBC report.
Johnston, along with his fellow researcher Jon Warner also appealed to the U.S government to tighten the security of the electronic voting machines.