As if there haven't been enough problems with Diebold e-voting equipment (all of which they pretty much brush off or ignore). Ed Felten, who has been pointing out numerous security flaws with Diebold machines has found another one. It turns out that the memory cards that are used to store votes on some of the machines, the same memory cards that Felten showed was susceptible to viruses, are being placed into a variety of laptops that have not been checked to make sure they're free of spyware. Apparently, election workers are expected to put the memory cards into laptops in order to transfer the votes to CD-ROM (and, no I won't even start to get into why you should need to transfer votes to CD-ROM). The laptops in question, though, were either the election workers personal laptops or a bunch that were just "gathered from around the office." How many of those laptops (especially the personal ones) do you think are infected with spyware and viruses? Especially when you consider how many election workers are freaking out over the new machines because they're not at all technically savvy. What kind of e-voting company would think it's somehow "secure" to require people to transfer votes using their personal laptop? In the meantime, of course, we eagerly await Diebold's expected brushing off of this story, complete with insults directed at Felton (as per usual) and some sort of claim about how the whole thing isn't a problem at all due to some bogus "security" procedure they have in place.
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