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Hacking e-voting machines can be hard, Diebold shows you how

Hacking e-voting machines can be hard, Diebold shows you how
Paul Miller
Paul Miller|@futurepaul|January 25, 2007 6:36 PM

You know, we could almost admire Diebold's "in face of all odds" kind of determination to ignore the haters and continue to assert that its e-voting machines are secure -- but this is just taking it too far. Alex Halderman, who was part of a team that discovered Diebold was using a rather standard sort of hotel mini-bar key to "secure" its machines from tampering, has pointed out that Diebold is showing vote-tampering wannabes just how it's done. Halderman and company refrained from posting images of the actual key, just to deter any casual voting hax0rs out there, but Diebold one-upped 'em all by posting pictures loud and proud of the keys on its own website. You have to be a Diebold account holder to actually buy one, but anyone could copy the key design from the pic -- which sounded like a great idea to Ross, who made three homemade keys based on the online pics, two of which worked to unlock the Diebold machine. Care to comment, Diebold? Oh, that's right, you're doing that whole quiet, dignified thing. As an aside, up to one-third of the e-voting machines which were used widely in the Brazilian elections in October last year showed signs of manipulation, with all sorts of number disparities and obvious fraud or malfunction. Those poor e-voting machines just can't catch a break. Check out a video of this latest Diebold hacking after the break.

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