Edward Snowden, who is currently living in Russia, has revealed over the web how easy it is to hack US voting machines raising concerns over whether there has been a foul play in the recent elections in the US and its outcome.
While experts believe that hacking a voting machine could be possible, it is impossible to carry out such attacks on a mass scale and alter the election results at a national level.
A few days back Snowden took to Twitter to reveal that voting machines could be easily rigged just using a card which costs $US30. Snowden also posted a video that showed how easy it is to manipulate the data on the voting machine and rig the outcome. One only thing that is required is access to the voting machine physically and a hex editor that could modify the election data coded inside the voting machine.
The question that arises is can it be possible for candidates or other people interested in a favourable outcome to manipulate the voting machines at massive scale to influence the outcome of the election? A similar question has been raised by many in the US along the same lines – did Donald Trump indulge in any such practices to pull off the biggest heist in American history? Trump won the election – despite getting more than two million fewer votes – and this raised millions of brows across the globe.
Ever since the results were out, people have been suggesting that perhaps something wasn’t quite right with the voting tallies in key battleground states. Hillary lost Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania by razor thin margins despite having huge leads in the polls. And investigations from a range of prominent computer scientists since the election have suggested that there may be some irregularities – particularly with relation to voting machines.
However, experts are of the opinion that election results are right and the tallies are true and it is highly improbable that a $30 card could have changed the outcome of the elections. What do you think?