In another stunning blow to the security and integrity of Diebold's electronic voting machines, someone has made a copy of the key which opens ALL Diebold e-voting machines from a picture on the company's own website. The working keys were confirmed by Princeton scientists, the same people who discovered that a simple virus hack on the Diebold machines could steal an election.
The Miami Herald is reporting numerous problems (they call it "a handful of glitches") with voting machines which are registering votes for Democrats as votes for the Republican. The story cites several examples. In one the voter requested help from a poll worker, but even then it took three tries to get the machine to record the vote properly.
The key that controls access to a standard Diebold voting machine is a common key that can be ordered from the Internet, also used to open hotel minibars.
The access panel door on a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine – the door that protects the memory card that stores the votes, and is the main barrier to the injection of a virus – can be opened with a standard key that is widely available on the Internet…
Using such a standard key doesn't provide much security, but it does allow Diebold to assert that their design uses a lock and key.
Diebold's voting machines are even less secure than previously suspected. Inspection of a Diebold machine by the open Voting Foundation revealed that all it takes to get a Diebold machine to boot a modified, crooked operating system is the flip of a switch, a task that can be accomplished in a brief moment using nothing but a screwdriver. — Read the rest
Diebold's notoriously insecure voting machines — in use across the USA — have been found to have an even deeper vulnerability than previously known. A new report by Harri Hursti, released on BlackBoxVoting, documents how an attacker with a few moments' of private physical access to a machine could compromise it and load it with his own software, compromising every function of the machine, including the ability to count votes. — Read the rest
The governor of California turned out to vote and discovered that the electronic voting machines thought that he'd already voted, so he had to cast his provisional ballot. Remember last year when EFF was representing the kids from Swarthmore College who were being sued by Diebold, makers of electronic voting machines? — Read the rest
Cindy Cohn, EFF's legal director (whose landmark Bernstein case legalized crypto), sez,
Feel like your democracy is a bit opaque these days? Beginning tomorrow, EFF will help shed a little light in two interconnected ways. On Thursday and Friday, June 9th and 10th, EFF will provide a series of weblog reports of a two-day lobbying effort by a coalition of activist groups fighting for transparent, auditable electronic voting.
Over 4,500 votes vanished in one North Carolina county due to a data storage error. Whoops! Democracy buffer overrun.
Scattered other problems may change results in races around the state. Local officials said UniLect, the maker of the county's electronic voting system, told them that each storage unit could handle 10,500 votes, but the limit was actually 3,005 votes.
On the eve of the first Indian election run with electronic-voting machines, a technologist called "smz" has posted an in-depth comparison between Diebold's voting machines and the ones in use in India.
The System is a set of two devices running on 6V batteries.
Douglas sez, "A group of us recently got our hands on unedited videos of the meetings where Texas's appointed voting system examiners meet with vendors. Very scary stuff. We've put together a downloadable 'greatest hits' version. My favorite moment: 'I just want to make sure this machine can add. — Read the rest
Remember last week when EFF asked IEEE members to write to their organization to get it to rein in a broken standards process that was threatening to unleash corruptable voting-machines onto unsuspecting democracies?
Well, we won! After all the hue and cry over the problems with the proposed standard, the committee has voted no-confidence in the proposal, sending electronic voting-machines back to the drawing board. — Read the rest
Salon is running an astonishing interview with Bev Harris, the whistle-blower who broke the news that the computerized voting machines in use across America are not only insecure, but deliberately so, because insecure machines are easier for the techs from Diebold and other suppliers to "fix" when they have embarassing failures (of course, they're also easy for anyone else who wants to "fix" an election). — Read the rest
With their plummeting circulation and shrinking budgets, the tabloids increasingly feel as if they're written by a skeleton crew patching together old news tidbits with speculation, and hoping that nobody notices how threadbare the fabric of their stories have become.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) stars in a new Fox ad that makes the case that he was the "architect" of the January 6th Capitol insurrection. "There is no one member of Congress more responsible for the attack on the Capitol than Congressman Paul Gosar," says Gosar's sister, Jennifer, who created the spot along with Gosar's two brothers, Tim and David. — Read the rest
The complaint alleges that Mr. Lindell made false claims about the integrity of Dominion's voting machines and that he knew no credible evidence supported his claims that the company had stolen the election from Mr.