Have You Heard? E-Voting Machines Can Be Hacked

from the shocking,-I-know dept

There have been more than enough stories over the last few years (hell, over the last month) to make you question just how secure and reliable e-voting machines are. So, it should come as no surprise to find out that the voting machines (made by Nedap) used for e-voting in Holland and France are easily hackable. Turns out that anyone with "brief access" to the machines can "control the election results." According to the story, 90% of votes in the Netherlands use these machines, and the election is a month away. Well, at least we know that the US isn't the only country facing this issue. It still makes you wonder, though, why election officials were so eager to get these machines up and running, knowing that there are so many problems with them.
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  1. identicon
    Reed, 6 Oct 2006 @ 1:07am

    Re: E-voting

    "Secondly opendourcing the voting systems would mean that someone who wanted to hack the system would just have to study the opensource/avalible to the public code."

    I tend to disagree here. Open sourcing code like this is the only way to prevent hacking. Time and time again closed sourced models are easily hacked, but check the track record of open source models!

    Revealing how something works allows everyone to step back and take a look to improve things. You really think some wise-ass hacker is going to out-hack thousands of brilliant minds that are improving the code every day?

    You can't compete against everyone at once! But if you allow that same code to be viewed by only a few people there will likely be major problems with the code waiting to be exploited. The problem really is complexity and we all have to work together to elimnate these problems. The only real way to accomplish this is to open source.

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