As Hactivists out a cop in New York for brutally macing peaceful protestors on Wall Street, many people are wondering if they could also hack our next election? And now the government wants to know if it's possible. A team of computer science and security experts working within the Department of Energy say they've hacked into a Diebold electronic voting machine and were able to change voting results without leaving a trace behind. And they were able to do it using only $26 of equipment and what they claim is just an 8th grade understanding of science. The Vulnerable Assessment Team - as they are called - that performed the hack said, "this is a national security issue."
And according to investigative reporter Brad Friedman - this is, "one of the most disturbing e-voting machine hacks to date." Nearly every other country in the world has ditched electronic voting - arguing that it's not secure. Yet here in the United States - for some reason we keep it in place. In fact - in next year's election - about 30% of voters will use these very same Diebold e-voting machines.
So it's no longer about who gets the most votes in our democracy - but which side can hack the vote. I can see it now - 35 million write-in votes suddenly appear on Diebold machines for Lady GaGa, the next President of the United States!
(Who would you want to "win", and why? Tell us here.)