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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 08:04 PM

DEF CON AND DARPA ARE ON IT FOR 2020 AND BEYOND.

For the last two years, hackers have come to the Voting Village at the DefCon security conference in Las Vegas to tear down voting machines and analyze them for vulnerabilities. But this year’s village features a fancy new target: a prototype of a so-called secure voting machine, created through a $10 million project at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. You know it better as Darpa, the government's mad science wing.

DARPA wants you to know: Its endgame goes way beyond securing the vote. The agency hopes to use voting machines as a model system for developing a secure hardware platform—meaning that the group is designing all the chips that go into a computer from the ground up, and isn’t using proprietary components from companies like Intel or AMD.

“The goal of the program is to develop these tools to provide security against hardware vulnerabilities,” says Linton Salmon, the project’s program manager at Darpa. “Our goal is to protect against remote attacks.”


https://www.wired.com/story/darpa-voting-machine-defcon-voting-village-hackers/?verso=true&fbclid=IwAR0fvsrxwJxloWW_vxdm4Jdf7GjafYRYA_6279WDNc6ljmay34uaCYn9Wsw

That there, my friends, is where the hacking community is -- right square in Democracy's corner.

So let's not fret. Let's trust that they're gonna help this messed up system right itself.

This particular prototype might not be ready in time for 2020, but tech folk are fanning out to watch swing states and the red state paperless ballot system.

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