Brazilian Hacking Attempts Fail To Break Brazilian E-Voting, But Do Improve The Process
from the how-hard-was-that dept
We pointed out recently that Brazil was allowing groups of hackers and security experts to hack their e-voting machines, something that the e-voting industry has always resisted angrily. The e-voting companies have never been able to adequately explain why experts shouldn’t be able to try to hack the machines, and all it did was lead to more distrust over the machines. However, the Brazil test has been concluded, and there’s some good news: no one was able to crack the machines. However, with all the hack attacks, officials did learn a few things that are helping them to improve the overall process with the machines. It’s really amazing that we still don’t have something similar happening in the US.
Comments on “Brazilian Hacking Attempts Fail To Break Brazilian E-Voting, But Do Improve The Process”
Security vs. obscurity
Let me quote the introduction of Applied Cryptography by Bruce Schneier:
The E-voting industry clearly seems to favour obscurity over security. It’s good to see some of their customers challenge that view.
Re: Security vs. obscurity
That’s exactly right.
Let’s try something new.
Should be easy.
Brazilian E-Voting system
Well, you should not consider my opinion “impartial” since I am Brazilian myself…
…but anyway I think that the current Brazilian E-Voting system is one of the best in all world, miles and miles ahead of the clumsy, regionalized method of voting in the United States…
Re: Brazilian E-Voting system
You should not forget that Brazilian banking system compensates a check in 1 working day (very different from the Europe, which takes longs 4 day in the best cases), keeping in mind that Brazil is a wide country in geographic terms.
That is why some countries in development are showing amazing things like this example about the e-voting.
What do you think? Should I leave it at shaving cream?
What company made these machines?
I doubt it was diebold, sequoia or es&s
As far as I know, it was a Brazilian company called Procomp, but they have been purchased by Diebold (or at least they have a good slice in their shares).
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That is the specific page about the E-Voting system.
So how many is a Brazilian anyway?
We need an end to end user verified voting system. Scholars and researchers with Ph.D’s in cryptography have spent years working on them and now we have systems that are doable, or are at least a huge improvement over what we currently have (I vote on paper and have no way to verify or audit anything).
The test was completely bogus, done by public employees designated by their bosses, using governments computers, having to tell govt what to do before hand, not being able to study the machines before hand!!!!!!!
The Brazilian voting system SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!
And yes, it is made by DIE bold
Coming soon to a commercial near you
How long before Diebold starts touting these testing results to elections boards across the US? Not to mention useing them as a way to not have to submit to testing here. “Oh you don’t need to try and crack our software; they already tried in Brazil.”
Hacking has always helped to enhance security
Hacking attempts are always required for the successful testing of any system.
And it will be good if the attempt is made by someone outside the system.
It is a mixed feeling but in the future much more robust system should be made so that the systems are not hacked frequently.
maybe someone have figured out the way and is keeping mum to use it in next election. 😛