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GeneralKeeping it on a political theme... Wait, wait! This one involves engineering! Software! Argonne National Laboratory! Pin
wizardzz6-Nov-12 6:10
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An expose on electronic voting (stealing) machines.
http://harpers.org/archive/2012/11/how-to-rig-an-election/[^]

It's quite long. Excerpts:
Diebold, then one of the primary manufacturers of voting machines, had left the 40,000 files that made up its Global Election Management System (GEMS) on a publicly accessible website, entirely unprotected. Diebold was never able to explain how its proprietary tabulation program ended up in such an exposed position. Harris downloaded the files, and programmers worldwide pounced, probing the code for weaknesses. “The wall of secrecy,” said Harris, “began to crumble.”

GEMS turned out to be a vote rigger’s dream. According to Harris’s analysis, it could be hacked, remotely or on-site, using any off-the-shelf version of Microsoft Access, and password protection was missing for supervisor functions. Not only could multiple users gain access to the system after only one had logged in, but unencrypted audit logs allowed any trace of vote rigging to be wiped from the record.



As recently as September 2011, a team at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory hacked into one of Diebold’s old Accuvote touchscreen systems. Their report asserted that anyone with $26 in parts and an eighth-grade science education would be able to manipulate the outcome of an election. “This is a national security issue,” wrote the Argonne team leader, Roger Johnston, using the sort of language that would normally set off alarm bells in our security-obsessed culture. Yet his warning has gone unheeded, and the Accuvote-TSX, now manufactured by ES&S, will be used in twenty states by more than 26 million voters in the 2012 general election.

Johnston’s group also breached a system made by another industry giant, Sequoia, using the same “man in the middle” hack—a tiny wireless component that is inserted between the display screen and the main circuit board—which requires no knowledge of the actual voting software. The Sequoia machine will be used in four states by nearly 9 million voters in 2012.

GeneralRe: Keeping it on a political theme... Wait, wait! This one involves engineering! Software! Argonne National Laboratory! Pin
ChrisElston6-Nov-12 6:13
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GeneralRe: Keeping it on a political theme... Wait, wait! This one involves engineering! Software! Argonne National Laboratory! Pin
lewax006-Nov-12 6:17
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GeneralRe: Keeping it on a political theme... Wait, wait! This one involves engineering! Software! Argonne National Laboratory! Pin
patbob7-Nov-12 5:47
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GeneralRe: Keeping it on a political theme... Wait, wait! This one involves engineering! Software! Argonne National Laboratory! Pin
MehGerbil6-Nov-12 6:19
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GeneralRe: Keeping it on a political theme... Wait, wait! This one involves engineering! Software! Argonne National Laboratory! Pin
wizardzz6-Nov-12 6:24
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GeneralRe: Keeping it on a political theme... Wait, wait! This one involves engineering! Software! Argonne National Laboratory! Pin
lewax006-Nov-12 6:28
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