Diebold Shows Anyone How To Break Into Their E-Voting Machines
from the yikes dept
Well, this is just fantastic. Following the claims that there's no real problems with e-voting machines, almost immediately followed by reports of massive fraud with e-voting machines in Brazil, Alex Halderman is pointing out that Diebold, in their infinite wisdom, are making it ridiculously easy to break into their machines. Halderman was a part of the team that showed that Diebold's locks on their e-voting machines used a default key that was common to many hotel minibars and could be found easily in many places. However, the researchers who noted this were still careful never to show the actual key, preferring not to help anyone who seriously intended on breaking into the machines. Diebold, on the other hand, isn't so careful. The company, that has continually played down reports of security flaws is apparently selling the very key you need to break into their boxes on their online site... with a picture of the key. You need to be a Diebold account holder to buy it, but anyone can look at the key and then figure out how to make their own copy -- and, in fact, that's exactly what someone did. He used the picture to cut his own keys and sent the keys to Halderman, who found that two of the three keys opened the Diebold locks with ease. The guy who discovered this notified Diebold a month ago, but Diebold did not respond and has not removed the image of the key from their website.