Sep 30 2011
09:09 pm

Hacking a Diebold e-voting machine is easy, done by remote control, and only takes a little more than $10 in parts.

Voting machines used by as many as a quarter of American voters heading to the polls in 2012 can be hacked with just $10.50 in parts and an 8th grade science education, according to computer science and security experts at the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. The experts say the newly developed hack could change voting results while leaving absolutely no trace of the manipulation behind.

This is a pretty disturbing article. It goes beyond the cyber attacks originally discussed.

"The really nice thing about this attack, the man-in-the-middle, is that there's no soldering or destruction of the circuit board of any kind," Warner says. "You can remove this attack and leave no forensic evidence that we've been there."

Do we still think a paper trail isn't necessary?

rikki's picture

What were Democrats thinking

What were Democrats thinking when they passed the Help America Vote Act? Oh yeah, "It was Nader's fault."

agrarianurbanite's picture

Do you really think your vote

Do you really think your vote counts in a national election anyway? If you do, that is very hopeful and optimistic of you. The person that wins at the national level is the person that Goldman-Sachs wants in there.

But, I'm a little tainted in my beliefs.

cafkia's picture

Yes, I still think that no

Yes, I still think that no "paper trail" is needed. As a matter of fact, I think said paper trail is dangerously comforting. I do believe that the software should be opensourced and that the results ought to be transmitted immediately to a remote location as well as stored locally for removal and comparison once the voting closes. I do NOT believe that something as "sacred" as the care and nurturing of our democracy should be auctioned off to concerns whose motivations are solely power and profit.

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