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Hackers hired to evaluate the security of e-voting machines used in California found serious flaws that could allow for vote tampering in all three systems studied.

The defects included the ability to overwrite firmware, install malicious applications, forge voter cards and gain access to the inside of voting machines by unfastening screws that were supposed to be inaccessible. The defects were found in machines provided by Sequoia Voting Systems, Hart Intercivic and Diebold Elections Systems.

The team was unable to test equipment sold by Election Systems & Software because the vendor dragged its feet in cooperating with the review, which is authorized under California law.

The e-voting machine assessment was part of a "top-to-bottom" review that Secretary of State Debra Bowen undertook earlier this year into all ballot machines used in the state, whether or not they are computerized. Several "red teams" were given access to the source code and user manuals of e-voting machines and directed to hack them if possible.

"The red teams demonstrated that the security mechanisms provided for all systems analyzed were inadequate to ensure accuracy and integrity of the election results and of the systems that provide those results," wrote Matt Bishop, the study's principal investigator and a professor at the University of California at Davis...
So that movie with Robin Williams was kinda right...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/07...achine_review/
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For what so often happens, go here for the best commentary on this issue in the media:http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/t...an/index.jhtml

click on "Killer Voting Machines".

Laugh uncontrollably.
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For what so often happens, go here for the best commentary on this issue in the media:http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/t...an/index.jhtml

click on "Killer Voting Machines".

Laugh uncontrollably.
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Damn this is stupid. In the local news they showed what happened - they had hackers with all kinds of peripherals available to them do whatever they wanted to the voting machines. If you give me the key to it and let me open up the panel and hook up a floppy drive to the motherboard, I bet I can upload my own firmware too.
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Damn this is stupid. In the local news they showed what happened - they had hackers with all kinds of peripherals available to them do whatever they wanted to the voting machines. If you give me the key to it and let me open up the panel and hook up a floppy drive to the motherboard, I bet I can upload my own firmware too.
Thats what i was thinking...
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Lol
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