DEF CON Voting Village: It's About 'Risk'

DEF CON Voting Village: It's About 'Risk'
DHS, security experts worry about nation-state or other actors waging a disruptive or other attack on the 2020 election to sow distrust of the election process.

When DEF CON debuted its first-ever Voting Village in 2017, it took just minutes for researcher Carsten Schürmann to crack into a decommissioned WinVote voting system machine via WiFi and take control of the machine such that he could run malware, change votes in the database, or even shut down the machine remotely. Several other researchers were able to break into other voting machines and equipment by pulling apart the guts and finding flaws by hand that year, and then again on other machines in the 2018 event.


The novelty of the live hacking of decommissioned voting machines has worn off a bit now and there weren't many surprises - nor did the organizers expect many - at this year's Voting Village, h ..