ES&S Sues Former Workers Over Taking Buggy, Vulnerability-Filled Code

from the why-would-they-bother? dept

Michael Scott alerts us to the news that e-voting firm ES&S has sued two former employees, claiming copyright infringement over code they took with them from ES&S, along with additional trade secrets. I have no idea whether or not this is true, but all I can ask is "why?" As has been documented time and time again, ES&S's e-voting code has a ton of problems. Remember, these are the machines that have been found to have serious security vulnerabilities, with some serious bugs, such as adding votes to the wrong election, calibration problems that lead to people voting for the wrong candidate, and bugs that resulted in phantom votes. And ES&S is the company that knew about some of these bugs, and let them be used in elections anyway. So if you were going to go off and start your own e-voting company (and it's not clear these individuals did that), wouldn't you be better off starting from scratch?
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Filed Under: copyright, e-voting, software, trade secrets
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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), 9 Sep 2009 @ 7:54am


    "When i installed word, I didn't have to "calibrate" the software so it knew when i pressed A that I wanted the letter A on screen"

    No, but if you have a touch screen display (like most voting machines), you have to calibrate it to make sure that when you hit the A on the screen it types A instead of the S beside it. That's still something that should be insanely easy and should be a one time thing.

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