September 15, 2006

Hacking the Vote

Hacking the Vote

From super-intern Rob Kier:

Analysis of the machine, in light of real election procedures, shows that it is vulnerable to extremely serious attacks.

Edward W. Felten, Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine, September 13, 2006.

A new study published by Princeton University has been attracting lots of blog-coverage; it caught our eye on digg.

Testing the security of a Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine, Prof. Edward W. Felton and grad students Ariel J. Feldman and Alex Halderman found that an attacker could install enough malicious code to “steal votes undetectably, modifying all records, logs, and counters to be consistent with the fraudulent vote count it creates” in less than a minute. There’s even an instructional video.

For more, check out our show on voting machines.

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