Tuesday, August 31, 2004

The corrupt wonders of technology

BlackBox Voting, an election via electronics watchdog, has just posted some disturbing information regarding the Diebold electronic voting machines. No matter who you're voting for, please, for the love of god, don't vote on these things. It is concievable your vote could be hijacked. Insist on an absentee ballot route. It's safer.

Issue: Manipulation technique found in the Diebold central tabulator -- 1,000 of these systems are in place, and they count up to two million votes at a time.

By entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location, a second set of votes is created. This set of votes can be changed, so that it no longer matches the correct votes. The voting system will then read the totals from the bogus vote set. It takes only seconds to change the votes, and to date not a single location in the U.S. has implemented security measures to fully mitigate the risks.


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