Student Election Hack – Is it a Bad Omen for Internet Voting?
Does the Cal State San Marcos class president election hack mean that Americans should fear Internet voting? Not if you think critically about it.
Matthew Weaver, 22, pleaded guilty* to wire fraud, access device fraud, and unauthorized access to a computer. He was sentenced to a year in prison. His crime was to plug keylogging devises into 19 school computers. The devises record computer user’s keystrokes without the user’s knowledge. Thus he stole the email passwords of more than 740 students. He used this information to vote for himself 630 times during the online student elections in March 2012.
Votes had to be cast from campus computers. Network administrators noticed all the voting activity from one computer. They quickly notified school police, who nabbed Weaver in the act.