1. Digital democracy: will 2015 be the last paper-based general election?

    April 22, 2015

    There is a growing call for on-line voting in the UK with Estonia’s system seen by some as a model, as discussed in this article in The Telegraph. However, work by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and others, including Halderman’s 2014 assessment of the Estonian systems, point to major risks in the system. [The Telegraph website]


  2. Machine politics: Electronic voting and the persistent doubts about its integrity

    April 10, 2015

    Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his collaborator Dr. Vanessa Teague are interviewed on Up Close, the research talk show from the University of Melbourne, about their work in investigating the iVote system recently used in New South Wales and about the security challenges of electronic voting in general. [The University of Melbourne website]


  3. Why you arent voting for Chicago mayor from a smartphone

    April 7, 2015

    This article in the Chicago Tribune summarizes why Chicago voters won’t be casting online votes in April 7’s mayoral runoff election. Although other transactions can be accomplished by smartphone, “the shape of the problem is fundamentally different than things we routinely do online today,” says Prof. J. Alex Halderman in the article. [Chicago Tribune website]


  4. Our Data, Our Health. A Future Tense Event Recap.

    March 31, 2015

    This blog posting on Slate addresses threats to medical device security and highlights the thoughts of Prof. Kevin Fu on the matter. Prof. Fu directs the Archimedes Medical Device Research Center at Michigan. [Slate website]


  5. Probing the Whole Internet for Weak Spots

    March 30, 2015

    This article in MIT Technology Review profiles the work of CSE graduate student Zakir Durumeric. Durumeric led in the development of ZMap, the software capable of probing the entire public Internet in less than an hour. Through the use of ZMap, Durumeric was first person to realize the scope of the FREAK flaw. His use Read more


  6. Security Flaw in New South Wales Puts Thousands of Online Votes at Risk

    March 23, 2015

    A security flaw detected by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Dr. Vanessa Teague of the University of Melborne may have exposed thousands of votes to manipulation during a six-day period of online voting in New South Wales, Australia. [EECS website]


  7. Thousands of NSW iVotes open to FREAK flaw

    March 23, 2015

    This article in The Australian covers the discovery of a security flaw in the the online voting system used in New South Wales during the current election. The researchers included Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Dr. Vanessa Teague of the University of Melbourne. [The Australian website]


  8. Australian online voting system may have FREAK bug

    March 22, 2015

    This article in The Register covers the discovery of a security flaw in the the online voting system used in New South Wales during the current election. The researchers included Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Dr. Vanessa Teague of the University of Melbourne. [The Register website]


  9. NSW election result could be challenged over iVote security flaw

    March 22, 2015

    This article in The Guardian covers the discovery of a security flaw in the the online voting system used in New South Wales during the current election. The researchers included Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Dr. Vanessa Teague of the University of Melbourne. [The Guardian website]


  10. Outdated Encryption Keys Leave Phones Vulnerable to Hackers

    March 4, 2015

    Prof. J. Alex Halderman and CSE graduate student Zakir Durumeric have used their ZMap scanning software to determine that of the 14 million web sites worldwide that offer encryption, more than 5 million remain vulnerable to the FREAK encryption flaw as of March 4. Prof. Halderman is quoted on the danger of weak crypto and Read more