Hacking Democracy – The Hack

This is the hack that proved America’s elections can be stolen using a few lines of computer code. The ‘Hursti Hack’ in this video is an excerpt from the feature length Emmy nominated documentary ‘Hacking Democracy’. The hack of the Diebold voting system in Leon County, Florida, is real. It was verified by computer scientists at UC Berkeley. To watch the full movie, visit http://www.hackingdemocracy.com

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Directed by Simon Ardizzone and Russell Michaels

The disturbingly shocking HBO documentary HACKING DEMOCRACY bravely tangles with our nation’s ills at the heart of democracy. The film the Diebold corporation doesn’t want you to see, this revelatory journey follows tenacious Seattle grandmother Bev Harris and her band of extraordinary citizen-activists as they set out to ask one simple question: How does America count its votes? From Florida and California to Ohio and Washington State, filmmakers Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels and Robert Cohen starkly reveal a broken system riddled with secrecy, incompetent election officials, and electronic voting machines that can be programmed to steal elections. Equipped only with a powerful sense of righteous outrage, the activists take on voting machine industry, exposing alarming security holes in America’s trusted voting machines. They even go dumpster diving at a county election official’s office in Florida, uncovering incendiary evidence of miscounted votes. But proving our votes can be stolen without a trace culminates in a duel between Diebold voting machines and a computer hacker from Finland – with America’s democracy at stake.

‘Hacking Democracy’ was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism.

“Disturbing stuff. . . It’s not shocked-shocked you feel watching this; it’s genuine shock.’ – The New York Times

“It is hard to imagine a documentary that is more important to the civic life of the nation — let alone one that is so compelling and ultimately moving” – Baltimore Sun

After we filmed the ‘Hursti Hack’ California’s Secretary of State ordered an investigation. The best computer scientists at UC Berkeley analysed the Diebold voting machines’ computer source code.

The UC Berkeley Report can be found here: https://www.supportthevoter.gov/files/2013/09/VSTAAB-Security-Analysis-of-Diebold-AccuBasic-Interpreter-2006.pdf

Page 2 of the report states: “Harri Hursti’s attack does work. Mr. Hursti’s attack on the AV-OS is definitely real. He was indeed able to change the election results by doing nothing more than modifying the contents of a memory card. He needed no passwords, no
cryptographic keys, and no access to any other part of the voting system, including the GEMS election management server.”

We hope that as many people as possible will vote because the bigger the turnout the harder it is for someone to rig the total national results.



28 thoughts on “Hacking Democracy – The Hack

  1. Heather Arthur September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Corruption every where.

  2. Jan Masleid September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    ''proprietary programs'' — in privately owned machines! (we can't check them)

  3. Jerzmade September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    That lady at the end crying needs to get out more. Wow lol

  4. lonniebelle September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    i feel gutted

  5. Sebastian Nielsen September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Does the female in red at 6:00 have some mental problems? Really? Starting to cry because there is a security vulnerability in a election machine? Seriously, it isn't like some relative to her that deceased….

  6. Jeramee Sikorski September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Where did this clip come from? It looks like part of a longer investigative piece. Also, do you know which state if comes from?

  7. CrazyGracie07 September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Wow! Why are we not counting by hand after this? 😟

  8. Peter Smyth September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    They were told to vote no and they made a show of how they came to their choice…

    ffs just fill out the form

  9. Brent Sullivan September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    no propriety software for elections. the fundamental act of democracy must not be a profit opportunity.

  10. jose hernanez September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    puerto ricans cant vote for president

  11. jose hernanez September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am


  12. Skiridr22 September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Paper ballot till they can make a better machine

  13. CONTRA September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Of course the fucking women get all emotional and start crying.

  14. Moog Luva September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    HORY SHIET. Unhack the vote. Paper ballots that humans touch without computer interference is the key.

  15. Rockhorse Park at Horse Ranch September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    3:10 Memroy Card ??

  16. Derek Jensen September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Hey, doofus commenters: Diebold is run by hardcore Republicans. Very open about their support.

  17. TomDotCom2 September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Diebold "elected" George Bush and look what happened

  18. Sia Ayrom September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am
  19. MoMos Dead September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    screw the computers. the turnout at the rallys proved trump had 85% of the country on his side. or about that. Hillary couldn't even fill a local post office with supporters- while trump has thousands standing outside his events that couldn't get in.


  20. Vincent Vincent September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    lol what's the point of asking people to vote for an answer if they don't know it? The result will be the new accepted reality?

  21. iTookTheRedPill ! September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    I think Russia really hacked the elections for Trump to win, no way otherwise he is just part of the game

  22. Joe Fairplay September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am


  23. SeeRjED September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Hey Russel 😛

  24. Rman 88 September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    ahh for the love of god none of this proves anything for either the trump hackers or the Hillery hackers. first of all, every compute object can be altered or "hacked" in any way. it is just a program that can and will be edited from time to time. so proving that someone could edit the simple code and change the answers so answer b = a is not that hard.

    Now what you really need to do is prove how this happened. what program did they use to edit the devices. how was this program incinerated into it. and is so why was this program not recovered.

    all of these questions were and still are not answered. which leads me to think that this is all just whiny bullshit. you fools have no proof of this crap. so shut the fuck up you losers.

  25. Jay Sharifi September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    No I think that's how GW F U the whole word, started w Bin Ladin & now Isis and so many other crazy moslem groups. High rank republican are aware this system, if Russia's hack was unsuccessful to elect Trump, believe me you were watching this documentary everyday in Fox news. Don't let party decide for you or believe everything Fox news Actors tell you. Do your own research on Obama if he has done good or bad, Fox news is bad for you, turn it off. Most republican were against Obama on 1st day, why? You probably know why… I'm sure you're a good person, but misinformed

  26. Burni O September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Ok, so they show a lady crying for two minutes but not a word about how exactly they managed to fool the machine?
    And is the result after tinkering with the memory card quasi-arbitrary or can you prepare it in such a way that it will produce a certain outcome?
    These seem like the important questions.

  27. Dingleshwing September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Thanks, HBO. I remember in '04 that exit-polls in Ohio, a key battleground state, showed Kerry winning by a large margin in 19 precincts. Bush won all 19 precincts by large margins. All 19 precincts used Diebold voting machines. And Bush won Ohio and the election. (Diebold also was a generous contributor to the Bush campaign.)

  28. Aaron Pray September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am

    I know this is old but im sure if they do a recount Hillary will have less votes because she cheated.

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