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Did E-Vote Firm Patch Election?
Wired ^ | 02:00 AM Oct. 13, 2003 PT | By Kim Zetter

Posted on 10/13/2003 8:23:42 AM PDT by GirlyGirl2003

Edited on 06/29/2004 7:10:04 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

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Diebold Election Systems has had a tumultuous year, and it doesn't look like it's getting any better.

Last January the electronic voting machine maker faced public embarrassment when voting activists revealed the company's insecure FTP server was making its software source code available for everyone to see.


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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: election; electronicvoting; government; vote; voting

1 posted on 10/13/2003 8:23:43 AM PDT by GirlyGirl2003
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To: GirlyGirl2003
He who controls the count controls the vote. 'Nuff said.
2 posted on 10/13/2003 8:34:46 AM PDT by boris (The deadliest Weapon of Mass Destruction in History is a Leftist With a Word Processor)
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3 posted on 10/13/2003 8:36:03 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: GirlyGirl2003
Every intelligence service in the world, and lots of hackers, are going to work diligently to rig our computer voting results.
4 posted on 10/13/2003 8:36:38 AM PDT by Lexington Green (Politician, lawyer, journalist.... when you lie for a living)
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To: archy; Eastbound
"Road to Civil War" ping.
5 posted on 10/13/2003 8:42:46 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: GirlyGirl2003
"It's hard to track down a problem when you go out to your car and the first time it starts, the next time the headlights don't work, the next time you start it the brakes are out, and the next time you start it the door falls off," Behler said. "That's really the way they were."

Sounds like they're running the software on Windows.

6 posted on 10/13/2003 8:44:07 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: GirlyGirl2003
I thought we weren't supposed to post articles from Wired.
7 posted on 10/13/2003 8:44:19 AM PDT by Pest
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To: Admin Moderator
I don't think Wired articles are allowed...
8 posted on 10/13/2003 8:46:12 AM PDT by Damocles (sword of...)
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To: mvpel
Sounds like they're running the software on Windows.

WinCE 3.0, to be exact.

9 posted on 10/13/2003 8:47:47 AM PDT by Poohbah ("[Expletive deleted] 'em if they can't take a joke!" -- Major Vic Deakins, USAF)
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To: GirlyGirl2003
Electronic Voting sounds like the best thing since The Honorable Richard J.Daley got Chicago's DEAD to vote!!!
10 posted on 10/13/2003 8:50:27 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: GirlyGirl2003
Electronic voting machines should only be tools to PRINT a completed ballot. It should not be used to submit electronic ballots.

BTW, what is wrong with this statement:

It was the first time an incumbent governor had not won his second term since Georgia law allowed back-to-back terms in 1978.

11 posted on 10/13/2003 8:55:23 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me Superman.)
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To: Travis McGee
FYI, the other side is and has been all worked up about black box voting for some time. They consider it an evil Republican/conservative cheating scandal. Bev Harris as referenced in the article is an evil DUer. They would be amazed that us stupid, knuckledragger, right-wing Freepers are just as concerned about electronic voting as the ultra-intelligent, caring, elite cosmopolitan DU crowd. /barf*

BTW, your book is a real page-turner! I started it this weekend and I'll be through it in a couple of days. I'm at the part where Ranya and pals are going to bust Brad out of STUville. It's really an excellent book on many levels, for the sheer enjoyment of it, for thought-provoking scenarios that could actually happen, and for the 'tradecraft' we all should be aware of.

12 posted on 10/13/2003 9:00:50 AM PDT by Sender
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To: GirlyGirl2003
As for Behler, Williams said he's a disgruntled employee

Does somebody write a script that all beleagured companies use? I mean, this line was so predictable it's pathetic!

13 posted on 10/13/2003 9:02:53 AM PDT by irv
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To: Travis McGee
Designing the logic and writing the code for simple counters can be done by any first-year programming student. The hard part is obscuring what the voting software is really doing in hidden sub-routines.
14 posted on 10/13/2003 9:04:19 AM PDT by Eastbound
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To: GirlyGirl2003
Interesting.
The RATS pushed for electronic voting, then flaws were found in it.
Wonder how long it will be until they scream that the vote was rigged electronically?
15 posted on 10/13/2003 9:07:33 AM PDT by Darksheare (Good, Bad, I'm the guy with the Nun.)
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To: Eastbound
Hidden subroutine:

10 - If a > b, then let c = a - b
20 - Let a = a - c
30 - Let b = b + c
40 - Break out champagne

16 posted on 10/13/2003 9:16:18 AM PDT by Eastbound
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To: mvpel
Sounds like they're running the software on Windows.
Actually yes they are!!! Worse yet they're using Mirco$oft Access, with disabled security features.
17 posted on 10/13/2003 9:27:12 AM PDT by Lefty-NiceGuy
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To: Travis McGee; johnny7; archy; harpseal; Squantos; Joe Brower; wardaddy; Eaker; Mulder; Noumenon
"Road to Civil War" ping.

Yep. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if things come to a head over the discovery of widespread vote fraud.

After all, if voting really could change anything, it wouldn't be allowed.

-archy-/-

18 posted on 10/13/2003 9:33:08 AM PDT by archy (Angiloj! Mia kusenveturilo estas plena da angiloj!)
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To: Darksheare
Wonder how long it will be until they scream that the vote was rigged electronically?

Eastern District of Missouri, 1988 election to present. Check it out. US versus Lawless et al.

This has been getting ready to break for a couple of years now.... But maybe it wouldn't be real smart for them to complain too loudly. It upsets those in BOTH parties who put the fix in.

-archy-/-

19 posted on 10/13/2003 9:45:13 AM PDT by archy (Angiloj! Mia kusenveturilo estas plena da angiloj!)
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To: Eastbound; Travis McGee; archy
As Eastbound stated all one is doing is counting votes this is an incredibly simple piece of code. The key question is why does one need all these subroutines. audit trails could be saved electronically by keeping a record of the vote that could be recounted. It is all simple code. it all should be straight forwardly made available to the public. The only security mecessary would be for machines talking to each otehr but even that could be easily isolated from teh rest of the system.
20 posted on 10/13/2003 11:08:58 AM PDT by harpseal (stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown)
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To: archy
Ouch.
21 posted on 10/13/2003 12:37:33 PM PDT by Darksheare (Good, Bad, I'm the guy with the Nun.)
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To: boris
And the problem with paper ballots was...? (Too hard to tamper with)
22 posted on 10/13/2003 12:40:04 PM PDT by The Westerner
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To: GirlyGirl2003; Eastbound; The Westerner; archy; Darksheare
Regarding electronic voting there is an security technique "Blinded Certificates" which works similar to RSA, but lets you do some pretty cool things regarding elections.

Here's how it works:
1) I make out my ballot in a standard format.
2) I blind the it.
3) I give it to authority A and identify myself
4) He checks that I've voted only once and signs it.
5) I unblind it.
6) I turn it in annoymously to authority B via drop-box or onion routing.
7) Authority B knows A has certified this ballot.
8) The unblinded ballots can be published in the paper on or on the web.
ANYONE CAN RECOUNT THEM.
NOBODY KNOWS WHO VOTED WHAT

We have the technology to do this. The main problem is that people have to use thier own trusted computer to ensure security isn't broken, since anyone can create a device that looks like it's letting you vote and then does something else.

I know Germany and Canada just use plain simple check off ballots, and count the things quicker then we do. Many people who were at first excited about electronic voting say we should just get back to the basics.
23 posted on 10/14/2003 1:48:56 AM PDT by Lefty-NiceGuy
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To: GirlyGirl2003; Eastbound; The Westerner; archy; Darksheare
Regarding electronic voting there is an security technique "Blinded Certificates" which works similar to RSA, but lets you do some pretty cool things regarding elections.

Here's how it works:
1) I make out my ballot in a standard format.
2) I blind the it.
3) I give it to authority A and identify myself
4) He checks that I've voted only once and signs it.
5) I unblind it.
6) I turn it in annoymously to authority B via drop-box or onion routing.
7) Authority B knows A has certified this ballot.
8) The unblinded ballots can be published in the paper on or on the web.
ANYONE CAN RECOUNT THEM.
NOBODY KNOWS WHO VOTED WHAT

We have the technology to do this. The main problem is that people have to use thier own trusted computer to ensure security isn't broken, since anyone can create a device that looks like it's letting you vote and then does something else.

I know Germany and Canada just use plain simple check off ballots, and count the things quicker then we do. Many people who were at first excited about electronic voting say we should just get back to the basics.
24 posted on 10/14/2003 2:05:50 AM PDT by Lefty-NiceGuy
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To: Lefty-NiceGuy
Thanks for the reply. I'm still not sold. Having been a systems software programmer in another lifetime, I firmly believe in paper ballots! I worked for Sony for awhile, debugging the stuff the programmers accidently did with the code. Sometimes a problem couldn't be tracked through the dumps. Very frustrating. Anyone can take advantage of this.

Think of it this way: when the Soviet Union collapsed, lots of brilliant scientists were out of work...now in the U.S., same thing is happening in tech. How easy would it be to hire the best and brightest and hungriest to do some fancy coding? And if you were the head of the Dixie mafia, just think how easy it would be to make sure that programmer never talks! This could be a terrific novel, doncha think?
25 posted on 10/14/2003 10:32:14 AM PDT by The Westerner
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To: Darksheare
Wonder how long it will be until they scream that the vote was rigged electronically?

Actually, they already are. It's a pretty common conspiracy theory over at DU and other places that the Georgia Senate and gubernatorial elections were rigged in favor of the GOP. Apparently, there is some tie between Diebold and the Republicans, and the theory goes that the machines were pre-programmed (or alternatively hacked) to give the GOP wins in those races.

26 posted on 10/14/2003 10:52:44 AM PDT by BlackRazor
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To: GirlyGirl2003
The newsgroup comp.risks has more. See Google or us a news reader. Below is the link to message 22.95; message 22.94 has stuff too but isn't in Google yet.


http://groups.google.com/groups?dq=&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&group=comp.risks&selm=CMM.0.90.4.1065824799.risko%40chiron.csl.sri.com
27 posted on 10/14/2003 10:59:15 AM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: BlackRazor
*face in hand*
Shoulda figured as much.
28 posted on 10/14/2003 1:08:55 PM PDT by Darksheare (The server demons have been slain. Long live John.)
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To: The Westerner
Thanks, sorry about posting it twice.

USSR? Is it that bad back in the states now for IT? It'd be ironic if captialism beat commmunism only to die on its own later.

As far as the Dixie mafia hiring someone to hack a digital voting system, he won't be able to break the blinded certificates or the public counting done at the end. He may definately attack people's PCs or try to DNS attack the two administrative points.

I'm with you. We should stick with simple paper ballots and maybe look into what went wrong in the last couple elections. Personally I think we should standardise some things like the ballots at the national level so local corruption can't effect national elections.

There are voices left and right that are worried about these proprietary black-box voting boxes. I won't trust it unless it's open source.

29 posted on 10/16/2003 6:28:35 AM PDT by Lefty-NiceGuy
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