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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    Angry Rivethead, 18 Sep 2006 @ 5:53pm

    Here is something to debate...

    How many people do we REALLY want voting?

    Given the rule that people are generally stupid...do we really want a true democracy?

    Also, readers of this site are probably slightly more intelligent than say inner city folk and trailer trash that continually vote for more handouts...do we really want people that desire free handouts voting? I certainly don't. I pay enough property tax to put kids that I don't have through school. If I were to take my property tax and invest it, I'd have more than enough to pay for schooling for the children I may have in the future. Why can't anyone else be trusted to do this?

    Landowners ONLY should vote in local elections.

    A more extensive civics course needs to be required at the highschool level or independantly partially subsidized by the gov't. The basis of this course costing a few hundred dollars is to only allow people who actually care to vote. If someone can't figure out how to raise $200 or so by the time they're 18...I really don't think I feel comfortable having them anywhere near a ballot box. I'll stop now... *hides under asbestos plate*

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