When it comes to American freedom, there are certain aspects of our experience in the states that must remain entirely and exactly untouched by corporate greed in order for us to maintain our sovereignty.
For the United States, these are covered fairly well in the Constitution, and they have been subject to a number of trials and tribulations both in the real world and within the halls of the highest judiciary entities our nation can muster. We’ve tried and tried, (and tried), cases, time after time, in order to determine the true nature of these rights.
While there may be some room for interpretation somewhere in these sacred tomes, one of the immovable cornerstones of our democratic process is the right to vote, and the right to have our vote count absolutely. The advent of electronic voting machines has certainly called this absolution into question, given the infantile nature of cybersecurity.
Even more terrifying is a revelation made public today that one of the world’s largest makers of electronic voting machines has installed remote access software on the devices.
The nation’s top voting machine maker has admitted in a letter to a federal lawmaker that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems it sold over a period of six years, raising questions about the security of those systems and the integrity of elections that were conducted with them.In a letter sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in April and obtained recently by Motherboard, Election Systems and Software acknowledged that it had “provided pcAnywhere remote connection software … to a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006,” which was installed on the election-management system ES&S sold them.The statement contradicts what the company told me and fact checkers for a story I wrote for the New York Times in February. At that time, a spokesperson said ES&S had never installed pcAnywhere on any election system it sold. “None of the employees, … including long-tenured employees, has any knowledge that our voting systems have ever been sold with remote-access software,” the spokesperson said.ES&S did not respond on Monday to questions from Motherboard, and it’s not clear why the company changed its response between February and April. Lawmakers, however, have subpoena powers that can compel a company to hand over documents or provide sworn testimony on a matter lawmakers are investigating, and a statement made to lawmakers that is later proven false can have greater consequence for a company than one made to reporters.