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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Exposing Diebold's Flaws

Just in case anyone missed seeing this the last time:

The main findings of our study are:

1. Malicious software running on a single voting machine can steal votes with
little if any risk of detection. The malicious software can modify all of the
records, audit logs, and counters kept by the voting machine, so that even
careful forensic examination of these records will find nothing amiss. We have
constructed demonstration software that carries out this vote-stealing attack.

2. Anyone who has physical access to a voting machine, or to a memory
card that will later be inserted into a machine, can install said malicious
software using a simple method that takes as little as one minute. In practice,
poll workers and others often have unsupervised access to the machines.

3. AccuVote-TS machines are susceptible to voting-machine viruses -
computer viruses that can spread malicious software automatically and invisibly
from machine to machine during normal pre- ! and post-election activity. We have
constructed a demonstration virus that spreads in this way, installing our
demonstration vote-stealing program on every machine it infects.

While some of these problems can be eliminated by improving Diebold's software,
others cannot be remedied without replacing the machines' hardware. Changes to
election procedures would also be required to ensure security.

Read the dialogue between Diebold and the scientists here.

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Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I did see that video before and it just infuriated me! When Dennis Kucinich said he wanted a recount on the votes in NH I was, at first, thinking he was crazy, especially since it would have no bearing on his own part in that election. But, as usual, he shows himself to be crazy like a Fox. Whether they find anything out of line or not, it brings into light how little time we have to get Diebold voting machines out of our elections before 2008.

There's no excuses...we need a paper trail and now! The last thing I want is for my vote to go to Huckabee or McCain! Yikes!

title="comment permalink">January 12, 2008 11:06 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

The "flip" in NH was rather odd. . .

title="comment permalink">January 12, 2008 11:29 PM  

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