Failures

by Mike Masnick


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e-voting, ireland, voting machines



Hackable Irish E-Voting Machines That Cost 54 Million Euros Sold For Scrap: 9 Euros A Piece

from the buy-high,-sell-low dept

For years, we've been pointing out the massive problems of e-voting, and governments' general blindness to the security risks. Of course, beyond the basic fear of fraud, there should have also been concerns about wasting taxpayer money. Apparently those concerns didn't amount to much in Ireland. As Slashdot highlights, Ireland spent €54 million on 7,500 e-voting machines. However, after realizing that there was no way to secure them from being hacked, the government has sold them off for scrap for a grand total of €70,000, or approximately €9 per machine. On the bright side, at least they weren't completely worthless...

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    Yartrebo (profile), 5 Jul 2012 @ 10:41pm

    "A condition of the contract is that two electronic chips in each machine, which hold information on how the equipment works, are destroyed."

    Somehow I smell a cover-up here. If the systems are not fit for purpose and aren't being used any more, I can see no security reason.

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