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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    ebrke, 19 Sep 2006 @ 6:54am

    Everyone Must Be Able to Vote

    Again, the slippery slope. If you start restricting who can or should be able to vote, you start down a slope where eventually the only people who will be allowed to vote are the politicians themselves, so they can just keep voting themselves back into office. I personally am unhappy with the idea of having to have ballots and instructions in different languages--if people don't have a sufficient grasp of English to vote in that language, it makes me uncomfortable--where are they getting the information they use to decide how to vote if they don't have basic English comprehension? But again, they're citizens and they should be able to vote, so I swallow it.

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