Media Coverage | August 01, 2016

Bruce McConnell Weighs In On Online Voting

EWI Global Vice President Bruce McConnell, who also heads the institute's Global Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative, argues that the current technology is too insecure and vulnerable to entrust such an important right of American people.

“The systems that support voting are very low-budget and in general run by people who are not that technically sophisticated,” said McConnell to Reveal, the online platform of the Center for Investigative Reporting. “They’re much more vulnerable by nature than systems run by banks or big retailers.”

McConnell made the comments following the hacking of the U.S. Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) email servers, reportedly by Russians.

“​While the DNC hack was not a hack of a voting system,” McConnell said, “the attack reminds us that almost all systems connected to the internet are vulnerable to a skillful attacker. Voting systems are too important, and too poorly protected, to connect them directly to the internet at this time.”

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