[E-voting] [firstname.lastname@example.org: BREAKING NEWS]
aengusl at eircom.net
Mon Oct 30 23:33:56 GMT 2006
On Monday, October 30, 2006 1:02 PM [EDT],
Colm MacCarthaigh <colm at stdlib.net> wrote:
> And in English;
The article says that permission to use machines made by Sdu NV has been
withdrawn, because it has been demonstrated that you can eavesdrop on them
by picking up the electronic "noise" they generate.
The government on Monday banned the use of one common type of
computer voting machine, fearing that secret ballots may not
be kept secret. It ordered a review of all electronic machines
after the Nov. 22 election.
Government Renewal Minister Atzo Nicolai said the move was
necessary after an investigation found the machines made by
Sdu NV emitted radio signals that a technology-savvy spy could
use to peek at a voters' choices from a distance of up to
several dozen meters (yards).
"In short, the machines made by the company Sdu can now be
tapped, and there are no technical measures that can be taken
before the upcoming elections that would prevent this tapping
and guarantee the secrecy of the ballot."
He said he had revoked the permits for all the machines, about
10 percent of all voting machines used in the country.
The article refers to Nedap, but it's not clear that the Nedap machines have
been affected by this decision, despite the fact that "Wij vertrouwen
stemcomputers niet" demonstrated the "eavesdropping" possibilities on the
Are these Sdu machines significantly different from the Nedap machines?
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