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Hackers fail to hack Brazilian Voting Machines

blueser (190104) writes | more than 4 years ago

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blueser (190104) writes "From Nov 10th to Nov 13th the Brazilian Government hosted a public hacking contest to test the robustness of its voting machines. 38 participants from private and public IT companies (including the Brazilian Federal Police) were divided into 9 teams which tried several different approaches to try to tamper the software installed on the machines, and even physically interfere on other stages of the process. All attempts (aside from a minor one which would not compromise the overall results) failed, and observations from the participants and neutral observers will be taken into account to improve even further the process. The official announcement for the contest can be read (in Portuguese) here, and a summary of the results (also in Portuguese) can be read on Brazilian newspapers. Brazilian voting machines use Linux"

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I know why! (1)

hoytak (1148181) | more than 4 years ago | (#30102092)

They must not have had access to the source code. If they did, they could have just looked through it and quickly figured out how to hack it. So the machines must have used a closed source clone of linux.

Does this makes them better than some US machines? (1)

zvrk (1433805) | more than 4 years ago | (#30103790)

Given that US voting machines had a large number of issues according to http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/hackingdemocracy/ [hbo.com] Does this makes Brazil more capable of producing save voting machines?
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