Passions have not yet subsided in connection with the victory of Donald Trump in the presidential elections in the United States, during which rumors about their falsification with the participation of hackers were actively circulated. Was this really possible? One of the leading computer scientists in the United States undertook to answer this question.
According to University of Michigan professor Alex Helderman, in this case one could speak of one of the most successful cyberattacks in history. To do this, the hackers would have to first probe the polling stations for the possibility of penetrating computers.
Then, closer to the election, with the results of opinion polls in hand, the attackers would start distributing malware that “steals” a few percent of the votes in favor of the desired candidate. However, the professor is sure that in this case the hacking would not have gone unnoticed and would have been suppressed.
As you know, during the election campaign, the e-mail accounts of the Democratic National Committee were hacked, and they immediately rushed to accuse Russian hackers of this.
Edward Snowden also did not stand aside. In a YouTube video, he shared his vision of the likelihood of hacking a voting machine with an inexpensive memory stick.
And yet, the reason for Donald Trump's victory, according to Alex Helderman, lies not in cyberattacks, but in biased data from numerous opinion polls, and if there are any doubts about the election results, they can always be rechecked “manually”.