[E-voting] Voting glitch said to be 'dangerous'

Catherine Ansbro cansbro at eircom.net
Wed May 17 19:43:11 IST 2006


*Voting glitch said to be 'dangerous'*
By Ian Hoffman, STAFF WRITER <mailto:ihoffman at angnewspapers.com>

[Inside Bay Area]

"Armed with a little basic knowledge of Diebold voting systems and a 
standard component available at any computer store, someone with a 
minute or two of access to a Diebold touch screen could load virtually 
any software into the machine and disable it, redistribute votes or 
alter its performance in myriad ways.

"This one is worse than any of the others I've seen. It's more 
fundamental," said Douglas Jones, a University of Iowa computer 
scientist and veteran voting-system examiner for the state of Iowa.

"In the other ones, we've been arguing about the security of the locks 
on the front door," Jones said. "Now we find that there's no back door. 
This is the kind of thing where if the states don't get out in front of 
the hackers, there's a real threat."

The Argus is withholding some details of the vulnerability at the 
request of several elections officials and scientists, partly because 
exploiting it is so simple and the tools for doing so are widely 

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