Serious security flaws found in Diebold electronic voting machines

“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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51 Comments

  1. Jon, are you ignoring the recount which showed Bush did really win?

    Probably, because even though the recount was paid for by the New York Times and several other newspapers, when they got the result they weren’t hoping for, they conveniently didn’t publicize it.

    Conspiracy dorks. Sheesh.

  2. Oh no. Fixing these security flaws in their voting machines mean that Edwin Edwards will not be Governer of Lousiana again! Maybe the won’t fix them all ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    MW State How appropriate

  3. The single biggest problem with Diebold machines is the lack of a paper trail. A journal tape such as that used on a cash register would allow both the voter and those performing recounts to determine whether a machine had been hacked.

    R- No Diebold machines were used in Florida in 2000.

  4. R,
    Which recount was that? The only one I’m aware of was in Florida, and they generally don’t use the Diebold machines in that state.
    In Ohio, they used Diebold machines.
    In Ohio, the results varied significantly from exit polls.
    In Ohio, one precinct showed more votes for Bush than they had voters!
    In Ohio, there was no “recount”, they just re-tabulated the machine votes.
    WHY was there no recount? Because the machines kept no paper trail. It seems that these machines, a variant on your basic automated bank teller kiosk, couldn’t be fitted with a printer … for some reason.

    You wouldn’t be part of the 29% who still believe in Dubya, are you? Three in ten and in free-fall.

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