“Diebold Election Systems plans to make changes to its electronic voting machines, following the disclosure of a number of serious security flaws in the systems. On Thursday, the voting watchdog organisation Black Box Voting published a report detailing how Diebold’s TS6 and TSx touch-pad voting machines could be compromised by taking advantage of “backdoor” features designed to allow new software to be installed on the systems. Finnish security researcher Harri Hursti, discovered backdoors in the boot loader software, in the OS, and in the Ballot Station software that it runs to tabulate votes,” Robert McMillan reports for Macworld UK.
“Diebold plans to address the issue in an upcoming version of the product, which will use cryptographic keys to ensure that only authorised software is installed on the machine, Bear said. He could not say when this feature would be added, but said that it could be available in time for the November 7 general election in the US,” McMillan reports. “These latest set of flaws are the most serious voting machine flaws yet reported, according to Ed Felten, a professor of computer science at Princeton University, and Avi Rubin, a Professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. ‘The attacks described in Hursti’s report would allow anyone who had physical access to a voting machine for a few minutes to install malicious software code on that machine, using simple, widely available tools,’ they wrote Thursday on the Freedom to Tinker blog. ‘The malicious code, once installed, would control all of the functions of the voting machine, including the counting of votes.’ Diebold’s machines are based on custom hardware that runs Microsoft’s Windows CE operating system.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: WinCE? Who’s the genius who made that decision? Sheesh. And you thought that the ease with which the deceased can vote in Chicago is odd? Just imagine…
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