Kentucky race highlights clouds and clever 'pirates'

Friday, November 15, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

"I voted today" t-shirtKentucky’s governor Matt Bevin conceded to now-Governor Elect Andy Beshear in their race yesterday, but there are still questions around the vote totals that are tabulated in server farms located overseas.

Every time the public votes – local, state or federal elections – the votes are tabulated overseas. The software is written by a company called Clarity, based in London, and the backbone of the system is built by a company call Scytl based in Madrid, and the data is stored on the Amazon Web Service cloud with literally dozens of access points around the globe.

Catherine Englebrecht, who leads the watchdog group True the Vote, calls the whole process very concerning.

“Exchanging data overseas -- we know the vulnerabilities that exist there,” she says.

In fact, Scytl was kicked out of Switzerland in March after a gaping hole was discovered that allows hackers to manipulate the vote count without anyone knowing.

“Every keystroke leaves a digital fingerprint,” Engelbrecht advises. “And the developers that should be looking at the traffic going between servers should be able to identify blips in the system.”

But there are computer-savvy “pirates” at work who can hide those fingerprints, she warns, making it difficult to track the process.

It's not a terribly hard system to hack, either: a University of Michigan computer science class was tasked with the job in 2010.

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