Was Halifax’s e-vote hacked?

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It’s been several weeks since I revealed evidence that the online voting in last fall’s municipal elections in Halifax was not secure. Now I’m starting to wonder, does anyone care? How many people care about defending our most basic pillar of democracy—our elections?

I obtained the damning documents through an Access to Information request to the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) of Public Safety Canada—the federal government agency charged with helping ensure internet safety. Although the documents were heavily censored, they made clear that right up until the day before online voting began on October 6, 2012, an outside security researcher, the CCIRC, the election software vendor (Scytl) and the Halifax Regional Municipality Elections Office were grappling with a myriad of security vulnerabilities.

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