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What happens if hackers get into online voting?
February 14, 2002
British voters will get a chance to cast their lots online and via mobile phone this May in a number of local elections. But some experts are concerned that the experiment could turn sour. "The technology isn't secure enough yet," says Pete Chown, director of London security firm Skygate Technology.
Chown is afraid that a Trojan horse, worm, or virus could be built to tamper with votes and subvert the election. "If you're going to compromise a normal election at a large enough scale, you'll have to talk people all over the country into interfering with ballot boxes," he says. "But if the election is placed online, it's much easier to interfere on a large scale." Would you participate in an election via cell phone or online? Tell us why you'd vote that way in the Listening Post .
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