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J. Alex Halderman

Newsweek: September 27, 2021

Election Security Problems Still Must Be Addressed | Opinion

Prof. J. Alex Halderman co-authored an op-ed for Newsweek on how disinformation is inhibiting legitimate and necessary election security reforms.
ABC: September 8, 2021

Experts call for rigorous audit to protect California recall

Work by Prof. J. Alex Halderman was cited by a group of election security experts calling on California’s top election official to take an additional step to protect the upcoming gubernatorial recall.
New York Times: September 2, 2021

G.O.P. Election Reviews Create a New Kind of Security Threat

Election security experts, such as Prof. J. Alex Halderman, are concerned about the security risks that are being introduced as non-election officials are granted broad access to voting equipment.
The Washington Post: August 27, 2021

Experts: False claims on voting machines obscure real flaws

In an interview with the Washington Post, Prof. J. Alex Halderman reminds readers that real security flaws in voting systems do exist – even if they’ve been obscured by false claims.

Election lessons from Michigan

Election security expert J. Alex Halderman dissects Antrim County’s election debacle to help future contests go more smoothly.
Detroit News: April 2, 2021

Michigan expert debunks infamous report on Antrim County election as ‘meaningless’

A report released by Prof. J. Alex Halderman says the much-discussed December 2020 report by supporters of Donald Trump on election results in Antrim County “contains an extraordinary number of false, inaccurate or unsubstantiated statements.”
Traverse City Record Eagle: March 31, 2021

U of Mich. computer science prof: no fraud in Antrim Co. 2020 election

A 54-page report authored by Prof. J. Alex Halderman who analyzed Antrim County’s 2020 election results, found initial mistakes were the result of human error and that certified results of the presidential contest were accurate.

After five years, Let’s Encrypt, a non-profit based on tech developed at Michigan, has helped to secure the internet

Today, over 225 million websites are protected by free certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt.
Bridge Michigan: November 10, 2020

Human error, Dominion voting equipment fuel false fraud claims in Michigan

“It was ultimately a human error.” J. Alex Halderman discusses claims of voting irregularities in the state of Michigan.
National Public Radio: November 4, 2020

Leading Cybersecurity Expert Applauds Michigan Election Security Measures

“Good election results take time,” says Alex Halderman, co-chair of the Michigan Election Security Advisory Commission.
Politico: November 4, 2020

How Election Tech Could Create a Recount Nightmare

Most election-tech equipment is the intellectual property of the companies that make it — meaning a contested election could get even more complicated according to experts including J. Alex Halderman.
Bridge Michigan: November 2, 2020

Michigan elections vulnerable to hacks but not as much as others, report says

Michigan’s Election Security Advisory Commission, co-chaired by J. Alex Halderman, released a report on Thursday detailing a host of potential problems on Election Day, including cyberattacks from foreign states, software problems and power outages.
Detroit News: October 30, 2020

How secure are Michigan elections? Quietly released report shines light

While exerts tout the security of Michigan’s elections, multiple reforms crafted by an advisory commission have not yet been fully implemented.
PBS News Hour: October 28, 2020

Will Georgia’s new voting machines solve election problems — or make them worse?

Prof. J. Alex Halderman participates in a conversion about whether the latest voting technology being used in Georgia provides a stronger defense against meddling than the traditional paper ballot.

5 ways Americans can keep their vote secure and accurate

Expert advice for voting in an unprecedented election.
Associated Press: October 8, 2020

With time short, judge mulls Georgia voting system changes

After a glitch in Georgia’s voting machines, voting integrity activists including J. Alex Halderman made a request to sideline the state’s new touchscreen voting machines in favor of hand-marked paper ballots for the November general election.
Detroit News: September 30, 2020

Lawyers spar over Georgia voting machine glitch, planned fix

Georgia election officials say they’re implementing a software change to fix a glitch in the state’s new voting machines. But election integrity activists, including Prof. J. Alex Halderman, say the state is downplaying the problem and putting the security of the upcoming election at risk.
HOUR Detroit: September 15, 2020

Is Your Vote Secure in Michigan? Cybersecurity Expert Alex Halderman is Cautiously Optimistic

The notoriously pessimistic University of Michigan computer security expert says there’s a lot of positive things happening in the state
The New Yorker: September 1, 2020

Who Gets to Vote in Florida?

“If the Russians had pulled the trigger, there would have been utter chaos on Election Day.” Prof. J. Alex Halderman talks election security in The New Yorker.
Public Radio International: August 26, 2020

Relying on electronic voting machines puts us at risk, security expert says

How do we make elections secure? Try paper. Professor J. Alex Halderman, a security expert at the University of Michigan, explains why.
TechCrunch: August 6, 2020

Censys, a search engine for internet devices, raises $15.5M Series A

Censys, co-founded by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, completed a round of Series A funding for $15.5M. The company will use the funding to fuel their growth in revolutionizing Attack Surface Management.
The Washington Post: July 15, 2020

The Cybersecurity 202: DNC’s email voting plan limits hacking risk but can’t eliminate it

“What’s at stake here is the legitimacy of the [voting] process and for that reason security is still very important.” Prof. J. Alex Halderman talks to the Washington Post.
BBC: July 10, 2020

Voting amidst a pandemic

J. Alex Halderman, professor of computer science at the University of Michigan explains why e-voting systems are so risky when it comes to election security.
Bloomberg: July 9, 2020

Delayed Election Results Could Test Social Media Companies as Never Before

The immediate gratification American voters have enjoyed for decades will likely come to an end in 2020. That’s the diagnosis of experts and academics like Prof. J. Alex Halderman.
National Public Radio: June 18, 2020

Delaware Quietly Fielded An Online Voting System, But Now Is Backing Away

Delaware briefly deployed a controversial internet voting system recently but scrapped it amid concerns about security and public confidence, comments from Prof. J. Alex Halderman.
The Washington Post: June 11, 2020

The Cybersecurity 202: Georgia’s primary debacle should sound alarm bells for November

“The wide-scale problems in Georgia are exactly what experts have been fearing.” Prof. J. Alex Halderman raises alarm about November elections based on the experience in Georgia’s primary.

New remote voting risks and solutions identified

The upcoming presidential election in the middle of a pandemic has jurisdictions exploring new technologies. They’re not secure.
OneZero: June 9, 2020

Online Voting System Used in Florida and Elsewhere Has Severe Security Flaws, Researchers Find

Significant problems with Democracy Live’s OmniBallot internet voting program could result in doctored ballots as voters gear up for election season in the era of Covid-19
The Washington Post: June 9, 2020

The Cybersecurity 202: DARPA wants hackers to try to crack its new generation of super-secure hardware

Prof. J. Alex Halderman offered recommendations for how election officials can use online voting platform OmniBallot’s technology while mitigating risk.
New York Times: June 9, 2020

Amid Pandemic and Upheaval, New Cyberthreats to the Presidential Election

Fear of the coronavirus is speeding up efforts to allow voting from home, but some of them pose security risks. A new study by Prof. J. Alex Halderman identifies risks to election integrity and voter privacy on the OmniBallot platform, currently in use for the Delaware primaries and in other parts of the country.

IEEE security conference features six accepted papers from CSE researchers

The projects impact voting systems, physical sensors, integrated circuit fabrication, and multiple microarchitectural side-channel vulnerabilities.
Forbes: April 16, 2020

HBO Documentary Shows The Value Of Cybersecurity In Election Security

J. Alex Halderman examines the threats associated with electronic voting machines.
Bloomberg: April 1, 2020

Cybersecurity Experts Say Hacking Risk Is High for Mobile Voting

J. Alex Halderman talks with Bloomberg about mobile voting systems, saying they’re still prone to tampering and manipulation.
Gizmodo: February 6, 2020

Buggy Iowa Caucus App Is Buggy, Security Experts Say

“It’s total amateur hour,” Prof. J. Alex Halderman says of a vulnerable app used in the Iowa Caucuses.
The Washington Post: February 6, 2020

Here’s why NSA rushed to expose a dangerous computer bug

Hackers could have used vulnerabilities in the IowaReporterApp to intercept or even change passwords, vote totals, and other sensitive information, with commentary from Prof. J. Alex Halderman.
Bloomberg: February 4, 2020

How Multiple System Failures Produced Debacle in Iowa Caucus

Prof. J. Alex Halderman spoke about how the spectacle in the Iowa Caucuses should serve as a cautionary tale about electronic and internet voting.

Halderman honored for public engagement efforts

The U-M presidential award honors individuals who provide sustained, dedicated, and influential leadership and service in major national or state capacities.
The New York Times: February 3, 2020

App Used to Tabulate Votes Is Said to Have Been Inadequately Tested

Prof. J. Alex Halderman provides commentary on the vulnerabilities of app used in the Iowa Caucuses.
National Public Radio: January 30, 2020

Puerto Rico’s Internet Voting Plan Threatens Election Security: ACLU

Puerto Ricans could be casting their ballots online only in the next eight years, and Prof. J. Alex Halderman provides criticism.

$1M grant to develop U-M high-capacity research network

The team will develop a secure, data-intensive network solution to effectively transport extremely high volumes of research data on and off campus.
The New York Times: January 13, 2020

‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian Hackers and Trolls Grow Stealthier in 2020

While American election defenses have improved since 2016, many of the vulnerabilities exploited four years ago remain. Comments by Prof. J. Alex Halderman.
Politico: January 10, 2020

Research undercuts arguments from ballot-marking device advocates

Ballot-marking devices are still vulnerable to hacks, according to a study from EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman.
The Washington Post: January 9, 2020

Voting machines touted as secure option are actually vulnerable to hacking

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman’s latest study shows that hybrid voting machines are still vulnerable to hacks.
Bloomberg: January 9, 2020

Voters fail mock election, exposing vulnerability to hackers

The latest study from EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman shows vulnerabilities in ballot-marking devices.

Not enough voters detecting ballot errors and potential hacks, study finds

Researchers carried out the first study on voter behavior with electronic assistive devices, found 93% missed incorrect ballots.
Bloomberg: November 14, 2019

Expensive, Glitchy Voting Machines Expose 2020 Hacking Risks

Paper ballots may be safer and cheaper, but local officials swoon at digital equipment. Remarks from J. Alex Halderman.

How Let’s Encrypt doubled the percentage of secure websites in four years

A Q&A with J. Alex Halderman, who co-founded the nonprofit organization.

New tool combats evolving internet censorship methods

Technology pioneered by Michigan researchers can circumvent many effective website blocking tools

Prof. J. Alex Halderman named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Halderman will work to further educate lawmakers, future cybersecurity experts, and the public about how to ensure that election results can relied upon and verified

Michigan’s new Election Security Commission holds inaugural meeting on U-M Campus

The meeting began the commission’s review and assessment of election security in Michigan.

Halderman co-chairs new commission to protect Michigan votes

The effort seeks to protect the integrity of every vote.

Election security: Halderman recommends actions to ensure integrity of US systems

In congressional testimony, professor urges $370M in federal funding to replace outdated machines.

Facebook Fellowship for research on web privacy, security, and censorship

McDonald works to develop better privacy and security tools for marginalized communities

A secure future for US elections starts in the classroom

A new special topics course on election cybersecurity gives students an examination of the past, present, and future of US elections.

Undocumented immigrants’ privacy at risk online, on phones

When it comes to their smartphones, immigrants struggle to apply instinctive caution, according to a study by a team of University of Michigan researchers.

‘I hacked an election. So can the Russians.’

Professor Alex Halderman and the New York Times staged a mock election to demonstrate voting machine vulnerability.

CSE PhD student Matt Bernhard on the Facebook data breach

In this video, CSE PhD Student Matt Bernhard weighs in on the matter Facebook data harvesting, such as that done by Cambridge Analytica.

Internet-scanning U-M startup offers new approach to cybersecurity

Censys is the first commercially available internet-wide scanning tool. It helps IT experts to secure large networks with a constantly changing array of devices.

Prof. J. Alex Halderman testifies in front of senate intelligence committee on secure elections

His remarks focused on vulnerabilities in the US voting system and a policy agenda for securing the system against the threat of hacking.

CSE and local community turn out for Science on Screen movie and lecture

The evening’s program included a screening of I Voted? and a lecture by Prof. Halderman.

Several Michigan Papers Presented at 2016 USENIX Security Symposium

A total of five papers authored by CSE researchers were presented.

Researchers David Adrian and Alex Halderman receive Pwnie Award for work on DROWN attack

DROWN allows attackers to break encryption used to protect HTTPS websites and read or steal sensitive communications.

With over 7 million certificates issued, Let’s Encrypt aims to secure the entire web

In order to bring HTTPS to everyone, Prof. Halderman joined forces in 2012 with colleagues at Mozilla and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to found Let’s Encrypt, a non-profit certificate authority with the mission of making the switch to HTTPS vastly easier.

Secure your website now: Let’s Encrypt enters Public Beta

Let’s Encrypt allows anyone to request a free website security certificate without needing an invitation.

Michigan Researchers Win the 2016 Applied Networking Research Prize

In their paper, the researchers present the first report on global adoption rates of SMTP email security extensions.

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at ACM Conference on CCS for Exposing the Vulnerabilities of the Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange

Diffie-Hellman is a popular algorithm used for encrypted communications, including emails VPNs, HTTPS, and other protocols where a client and server negotiate a shared secret key for communication

J. Alex Halderman Named One of Popular Science’s Brilliant Ten

Halderman has met significant contributions in the areas of electronic voting security, internet security, and electronic censorship resistance.

J. Alex Halderman and Collaborators Receive NSF Cybersecurity Award to Develop Rapid-Response Architecture

This project strives to positively impact the availability and reliability of the Internet and provide the security community with tools, platforms, and comprehensive vulnerability measurement data.

Zakir Durumeric Named MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35

A CSE graduate student, Durumeric’s work focuses on developing quantitative, measurement-based approaches to combat threats against hosts and networks on the Internet.

2015 promotions of our faculty – congratulations!

Congratulations to the faculty members that received promotions this year.

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

Securing Internet voting requires solving some of the hardest problems in computer security, and even the smallest mistakes can undermine the integrity of the election result.

Dutta and Halderman Named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professors

The professorship is awarded to junior faculty members in recognition of outstanding contributions to teaching and research.

Two Michigan Engineers selected for Sloan research fellowships

The foundation honors researchers it deems “rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders,” according to a statement. The fellows, who were nominated by their peers and chosen by a panel of senior scholars, each receives $50,000 to further their research.

J. Alex Halderman Selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

Prof. Halderman’s research interests span software security, network security, data privacy, anonymity, electronic voting, censorship resistance, digital rights management, computer forensics, ethics, and cybercrime, as well as the interaction of technology with law, governmental regulation, and international affairs.

Four CSE Faculty Selected for 2014-15 College of Engineering Awards

Congratulations to the following CSE Faculty recipients of 2014-15 College of Engineering Awards.

Computer science researchers aim to securely encrypt every website

A project is underway which will offer a free, automated, and easy process for converting webservers from HTTP to HTTPS that is implemented with a single command.

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at 2014 ACM Internet Measurement Conference

The research team performed a comprehensive, measurement-based analysis of the impact of the recent Heartbleed vulnerability.

Researchers Expose Security Flaws in Backscatter X-ray Scanners

Deseret News: August 4, 2014

Utah is correct to both be at the front of online voting, and cautiously study security

Prof. J. Alex Halderman is the kind of friend to internet voting Utah needs – one who has the savvy to think and act like someone dedicated to hijacking an election.

Zakir Durumeric Selected for Google PhD Fellowship

Researchers Identify Security Risks in Estonia’s Online Voting System

Heartbleed: behind the scenes at CSE

Iranian internet censorship system profiled for first time

Download ZMap and scan the entire internet in less than 45 minutes

Researchers’ work recognized amongst notable computing books and articles of 2012

Halderman’s “Securing Digital Democracy” opens on Coursera

Computer scientists named runners up for PET Award

J. Alex Halderman to Teach Course on Electronic and Internet Voting through Coursera

The 5-week course will provide the technical background and public policy foundation that today’s citizens need to understand the electronic voting debate.

Security researchers publish details of online voting hack

Prof. J. Alex Halderman featured in PBS story on the security of internet voting

Security researchers describe newly discovered vulnerabilities in public key encryption

Computer science researchers introduce Telex to circumvent state-level internet censorship