Diebold E-Voting Machines Can Be Hacked Into

September 14, 2006 at 3:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Professors at Princeton University have done a study showing that the Diebold Accuvote machines have serious security flaws, can be hacked into and have the information changed. Here is the abstract of the study:

This paper presents a fully independent security study of a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine, including its hardware and software. We obtained the machine from a private party. Analysis of the machine, in light of real election procedures, shows that it is vulnerable to extremely serious attacks. For example, an attacker who gets physical access to a machine or its removable memory card for as little as one minute could install malicious code; malicious code on a machine could steal votes undetectably, modifying all records, logs, and counters to be consistent with the fraudulent vote count it creates. An attacker could also create malicious code that spreads automatically and silently from machine to machine during normal election activities — a voting-machine virus. We have constructed working demonstrations of these attacks in our lab. Mitigating these threats will require changes to the voting machine’s hardware and software and the adoption of more rigorous election procedures.

This is pretty disturbing news. I honestly cannot trust this machine to get my vote right. How can I? Unless it provides me with a printed record of my cast vote, I will not use this machine and will recommend that it not be used in elections.

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  1. […] It seems that only Bush and Rove are not concerned about the outcome of the November election. I wonder what they know…..does it have to deal with the electronic voting machines and the ease to which they can be hacked? […]


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