Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Diebold: Keeping America Safe From Democracy

A new report is out by Harri Hursti, a computer programmer in Finland, who tested Diebold's machines to see if they could be hacked to alter election returns.

Hursti, in participation with BlackBoxVoting.org, has released a report which detail several vulnerabilities with the Diebold machines - now the most used machines in the United States.

In short, Hursti's report says that the machines can easily be compromised if a hacker has a few minutes of time with the machine. Compromises can be very difficult to detect. In the process of "installing" updates to the software, malicious code could be written into the install and the machine would still report a successful installation of updates. The hack could cause the machines to fail to work or, worse, alter votes without anyone detecting the comprised vote.

So, today, which is a day of voting in New York for local school boards and school propositions, I thank my lucky stars that I'm still voting on those fantastic, old 2 ton pull-lever voting machines.

1 comment:

TRH said...

good points --

here's a link to a recent article by rfk, jr., RE: 2004.

http://www.firedoglake.com/2006/06/01/hack-the-vote/