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DARPA’s $10m voting machine - will it be more secure?

Voting machines are known to be easy to hack, but perhaps for the first time, an un-hackable solution will see the light of day.

Thanks to a USD$10 million contract from US’ Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), cyber security company, Galois, has spent the last four months designing and developing this smart ballot box.

Galois recently debuted five prototype machines at DEF CON, the world’s largest hacker convention held in Las Vegas.

The prototype features a secure, open source hardware platform that could be used not only in voting platforms, but also in military systems. It's part of a broader DARPA project called SSITH which is developing hardware security architectures and tools that are better protected from hardware vulnerabilities exploited in software.

While the voting process worked at DEF CON, the machines were far from ready for next year’s US presidential elections, and will be returning to DEF CON for further hacker testing.

The voting system is not intended for deployment – instead it will demonstrate a methodology for existing vendors to build and customise a voting system that is complete secure without the cost of licensing fees in the millions.

Read the full article at CNET.

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By Jo Lo
Jo Lo

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Jo is a digital producer at Pattern. Jo has a background in communication, and has worked as a producer and editor for organisations such as Les Mills International, Tailor, Auckland Libraries and XtraMSN/Telecom. From 2007-2009, Jo was the web editor for Taste and Metro magazines.