Thursday, September 29, 2011

Prognosis: Terminal

This is scary stuff. If we don't have a secure election process, we don't have a democracy. Now there's even more concrete evidence that our votes are actually easy to tamper with. This constitutes an electoral emergency; make the time to contact your congressional *representative*.

From Salon:
By Brad Friedman
Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control - A laboratory shows how an e-voting machine used by a third of all voters can be easily manipulated.

It could be one of the most disturbing e-voting machine hacks to date.

Voting machines used by as many as a quarter of American voters heading to the polls in 2012 can be hacked with just $10.50 in parts and an 8th grade science education, according to computer science and security experts at the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. The experts say the newly developed hack could change voting results while leaving absolutely no trace of the manipulation behind.

"We believe these man-in-the-middle attacks are potentially possible on a wide variety of electronic voting machines," said Roger Johnston, leader of the assessment team "We think we can do similar things on pretty much every electronic voting machine."

The Argonne Lab, run by the Department of Energy, has the mission of conducting scientific research to meet national needs. The Diebold Accuvote voting system used in the study was loaned to the lab's scientists by, of which the Brad Blog is a co-founder. Velvet Revolution received the machine from a former Diebold contractor

Previous lab demonstrations of e-voting system hacks, such as Princeton's demonstration of a viral cyber attack on a Diebold touch-screen system -- as I wrote for Salon back in 2006 -- relied on cyber attacks to change the results of elections. Such attacks, according to the team at Argonne, require more coding skills and knowledge of the voting system software than is needed for the attack on the Diebold system.

Indeed, the Argonne team's attack required no modification, reprogramming, or even knowledge, of the voting machine's proprietary source code. It was carried out by inserting a piece of inexpensive "alien electronics" into the machine....See the rest.


Blogger Jon said...

This is off topic (?) but:

I may never complain about rap again!

This is right up there with "Plan 9 from Outer Space" and "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes."

(Caution: Brain bleach may be required after viewing!)


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