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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    anymouse (profile), 9 Sep 2009 @ 8:45am

    I'm with Miles

    "I would speculate these employees may know exactly what's wrong with the code in order to take it to begin with."

    I would go a step farther and say that perhaps these two are the ones who were 'encouraged' to break the code in the specified manner in order to get it to do what ES&S wanted it to do (Dropped votes, misplaced votes, phantom votes.... these sound like designed 'features' to me). Nothing pisses off a programmer more than taking the excellent work they did and asking them to 'break' it in specific ways. Perhaps these two got tired of all the crap and decided to take their code so they could clean it up to do what it was intended to do, not what ES&S Twisted it into.

    What better way to shut them up then to drop them and file suit against them. If they did stand up and say ES&S made us write 'buggy' code on purpose, who would believe them now?

    Or perhaps my tinfoil hat is just a little tight today....

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