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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    PV, 20 Sep 2006 @ 7:28am

    if it ain't brokeā€¦

    Why, in the first place, use a computer in the voting process? I thought a basic rule of applied science was to choose the right technology to solve a problem. What is the problem here ? High-speed calculation? Certainly not. The point is: collect votes and count them in a way that makes every citizen confident in the final result. CONFIDENT. Do you think a computer, which is a black box and nobody knows what's inside, is a good way to produce CONFIDENCE. No way.
    On the contrary, I would like to emphasize the great contribution to democracy of another technology, namely chemistry, which permitted the invention of the TRANSPARENT ballot box.

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