Voting-machine certifier is de-certified

Ciber, Inc, a lab that tests and certifies voting machines, has had its crredentials revoked by the Election Assistance Commission after it was revealed that Ciber was certifying insecure machines.

Experts say the deficiencies of the laboratory suggest that crucial features like the vote-counting software and security against hacking may not have been thoroughly tested on many machines now in use.

"What's scary is that we've been using systems in elections that Ciber had certified, and this calls into question those systems that they tested," said Aviel D. Rubin, a computer science professor at Johns Hopkins.

Professor Rubin said that although some software bugs had shown up quickly, in other instances "you might have to use the systems for a while before something happens."


(via Deep Links)