Diebold e-Voting Machines Can Be Opened With Standard Hotel Key Available Online

from the great-security dept

As Diebold continues to try (weakly) to defend itself from yet another batch of evidence that their security isn't particularly secure, Ed Felten points out another weakness in Diebold's defense. The company likes to claim that on top of the computer security aspect (which study after study has found is lacking) they have "physical" security. Avi Rubin's report from the field last week showed that the "security tape" and "security tags" on the machines aren't particularly secure at all (removing them and replacing them without anyone noticing is easy -- and apparently done quite often). However, a colleague of Felten has also noticed that the "lock" on the box uses an off-the-shelf standard key seen for things like hotel minibars. Apparently, it's quite easy to buy an identical key online or at an office furniture shop. In other words, the physical security isn't so secure. It's just designed to look secure, so they can say it's secure.

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    Amos, 18 Sep 2006 @ 4:49pm

    Re: Why don't they?

    Umm...America is NOT a democracy. This is a republic at best. If it were a democracy, then there would be no such thing as someone winning the "popular vote" (ie, getting the most real votes) but losing the "electoral vote" (ie, the archaic system in which we vote for people to go vote for us). The will of the majority has no real value in America's political system, except as a tactical ratings boost when it happens to match the ambitions of the people in charge.

    If more people understood our voting system, then there would be demand for change. But the polititions do NOT want that to happen...why should they, when they're basically the only ones who know the rules of the game?

    It doesn't matter if our votes are counted perfectly or made up by a random number generator at this point, because the system is broken. Debating the security of voting machines is just a distraction from the real task: we need to debate the very structure of our voting system!

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