Friday, November 06, 2020

Evening Headlines

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Fox News:
Zero Hedge:
  • Voting Marching Security: Too Little Too Late(1/10/2020)? The three companies -- Election Systems and Software, Dominion Voting Systems and Hart InterCivic -- have a history of resisting outside scrutiny of their products, but company representatives expressed openness to new federal regulations to bolster confidence about the security of their products. Concerns also exist about the companies' software and hardware supply chains. A report released last month by Interos found that at least one major voting system vendor sourced parts and components out of China, where U.S. officials have raised general concerns about supply chain compromise. The report did not identify the vendor, but witnesses from all three of the major manufacturers acknowledged they relied on Chinese-made gear. Lawmakers expressed concerns that such hardware and software could open the door to compromise or sabotage by bad actors. Dominion Voting Systems CEO John Poulos and Hart InterCivic President Julie Mathis said their companies use Chinese-made LCD screen components, chip capacitors and resistors, arguing that in some cases there's no option for manufacturing those parts in the United States.
  • Cyber Experts Warn Of Vulnerabilities Facing 2020 Election Machines. (9/4/2019) Governments contract with private companies to provide voting equipment and other services and there are no laws requiring any sort of breach disclosure or third party security auditing. Even the governments themselves are usually barred from hiring a security firm to investigate the machines they serve to voters. Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier, a fellow with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the author of more than a dozen books, was asked how much security has improved since 2016. He cut off the question."Oh, we have done nothing," Schneier told NPR. "We've done absolutely nothing." The largest state that was exclusively using paperless electronic machines in 2016, Georgia, is slated to replace its machines with touchscreen equipment that provides a paper record before 2020.
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