Skip to comments.Former Maryland delegate gets purported Diebold code
Posted on 10/20/2006 10:30:44 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Diebold Election Systems Inc. expressed alarm and state election officials contacted the FBI yesterday after a former legislator received an anonymous package containing what appears to be the computer code that ran Maryland's polls in 2004.
Cheryl C. Kagan, a longtime critic of Maryland's elections chief, says the fact that the computer disks were sent to her - along with an unsigned note criticizing the management of the state elections board - demonstrates that Maryland's voting system faces grave security threats.
spokesman for Diebold, which manufactures the state's touch-screen voting machines, said the company is treating the software Kagan received as "stolen" and not as "picked up" at the State Board of Elections, as the anonymous note claimed. Lawyers for the company are seeking its return.
....Kagan, a former state Democratic delegate from Montgomery County who is now executive director of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, said the disks were delivered to her office Wednesday.
An accompanying letter refers to the State Board of Elections and calls Kagan "the proud recipient of an 'abandoned baby Diebold source code' right from SBE accidentally picked up in this envelope, right in plain view at SBE. ... You have the software because you are a credible person who can save the state from itself. You must alert the media and save democracy."
(Excerpt) Read more at baltimoresun.com ...
This doesn't make any sense. Why in the world was source code at the State Board of Elections? If the state needed to certify the security measures at the source level, then Diebold would have required it be performed in secure facilities in a Diebold building. This smells more like an insider at Diebold sending out the source.
Is this the end for electronic voting?
Track it down, and we will find Democrat operatives involved.
If you read the article, the disks came from independent testing companies, not from Diebold.
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr REPUBLICAN is ahead in the polls.
The Dems are doing what Dems do.
Still, what is with their security and escrow measures? And why was source at the board of elections? And why wasn't Diebold monitoring the security measures in effect at the independent testing agency. The whole things smells regardless.
Ross Goldstein, the state's deputy elections administrator, said Maryland now uses version 4.6 and that the public should be confident that their votes are secure.
The disks contain "nothing that's being used in this election," Goldstein said.
Diebold marketing director Mark Radke said the company is investigating the chain of custody of the disks and is asking its testing companies to pull their logs.
"These disks contain codes used for testing purposes," Radke said. "They were shipped from the testing authority. Diebold was never in the chain of custody."
Older versions of Diebold's computer code have long been in public circulation, including the copy discovered by Rubin.
But it makes a headline and fodder for the drive-by media.
Some tratoros scum at the company! Its no good to let this code out to the MMM - itll turn into the wrong kind of story. What if the code is how to win elections???
And with races being close, they're going to play this card for all their worth.
Maryland already has enough problems with precinct judges showing up.
I'd be fine with that - anybody to dumb to use a lever machine is also too dumb to vote.
Wasn't it Democrats who demanded idiot proof voting machines?
And looked at from another angle, what better way to throw the Republic into turmoil than to cast doubt on the election process itself.
Can't figure out if it's foreign terrorists or those of the domestic stripe (Democrats).
The source code used for programming the system in the machine doesn't mean a thing. It doesn't really matter how many people know the code. The source code is compiled for runtime. There are many encryption programs available for which all source is in the public domain. Knowing the source code means nothing. The only thing this story proves is...people who don't learn some computer fundamentals can easily be provoked by others.
"Wasn't it Democrats who demanded idiot proof voting machines?"
No. It is true that they want it idiot proof for all the homeless people they pay to vote democrat, but they also want it easy to sit in a back room and stuff ballot boxes. With a computer, it is harder to do that and it may even leave a trace (there may be some hidden code that would detect it). With a paper ballot, the democrats can sit in a back room and punch away with no trace.
Sounds like self promotion
My understanding is that there are places in Maryland and in Philly where more people vote than are registered to vote. Statistically, it is practically impossible for the high voter percentage in certain Florida districts during the Bush/Gore election, which shows voter fraud but which was reported at high levels of voter turnout, etc. It is all about cheating.
Princeton techies have already shown that votes can be stolen using electronic voting-- because it's easy to install a virus on machines that use insertable cards. Microsoft spends way more in R&D than Diebold and they can't even stop the installation of malicious software.
I meant to add that it only takes having someone on the inside of the electioneering process to have the software installed-- and there are a lot of people on the inside (of both ideologies).
Starring Will Rivers Pit, Bev Harris, and Karl Rove as an albino Jesuit.
Coming this November from Twenty First Century Farce
The Diebold Code.
I dunno. If it arrived in an envelope, I guarantee you that it is on the Internet. When we locate it, I wonder if we can post it here?
Oh, really? Tell Adobe, AutoDesk, and Microsoft that you have their source code published for free on the Internet. Good luck.
The compiled code is on a portable disk. The disk can be set by sliding a 'lock' so it is read-only. The company supplies a CRC checksum which is a very long number. If you change any one byte anywhere in the code, the CRC will change. You can place the read-only disk in a laptop and within a few seconds run a check on the compiled code. The Democrat can check it. The Republican can check it. Then the disk is inserted into the voting machine. After election close, the disk can be stored and checked anytime in the future.
"Tell Adobe, AutoDesk, and Microsoft"
You misunderstand my point. You cannot cheat in the election simply because you have the written source code for the election machine. It means nothing in and of itself.
LOL!! You're bad
Check it for fingerprints. Compare to members of CREW and you may just get match...
Brilliant! Exactly how is a read-only disk going to "write" the votes? My point is that if the source code is available, someone will write malicious code and run it. Guaranteed.
"dozens of conspirators"
Don't I remember someone in Florida (?) having a ballot box in his car? Could be wrong....
I smell a possible troll...please investigate.
This is precisely why there MUST be a paper record of electronic voting. If you have electronic voting without a paper record, where the person can see the paper record of his own vote, then you are asking for manipulation of elections by manipulations of the code.
Indeed, given the whole history of electoral corruption in every nation in the world, including the US, whoever believes that you can have voting done into a black box with no paper check on the black box to verify what was input is what was registered, is naive. Who ever argues against having a paper record is either naive, or very intelligent and knows EXACTLY what he is doing.
Electronic voting without paper backup records for verification is guaranteed to be corrupt, manipulated voting. If the Republicans aren't ALREADY manipulating the electronic voting sans backup paper, the Democrats most certainly WILL when they get power, and then you will never see another Republican majority again, because the machine codes will generate the votes necessary to ensure a Democratic win, and the Democratically-controlled government will never allow the issue to be opened to investigation. End of game. And end of democracy.
That is why everyone should assume that whoever wants electronic voting without any paper backup is intending to commit election fraud. Because they are.
"paper record of his own vote,"
That is exactly what I would like implemented. Vote with a secure electronic machine, which would produce one or more numbered written receipts. The voter would take away a receipt. If a particular election was legally protested, the judge could invite voters to bring in their copies for comparsion.
Certainly was true here in Georgia.
You are right, it does smell. I too wonder why the source ever left the testing centers; I smell 'Rat conspiracy.
Where I vote, with paper ballots, the boxes all have seals.
Another thought- the video images offer no proof whatsoever that the voiceover is correct.
Indeed. Looking at two-year-old software of an active project is like looking at a photo album from the family vacation when you were six years old.
"could NEVER be duplicated outside"
It would be possible to print a PGP-type text at the bottom of each receipt, that would not be possible to generate outside the machine. It would be different for each receipt, but by court order could be de-encryted back to a known text verifying that it was an original from that machine at that time. There are many ways to secure electronic voting in the future that would eliminate dead and duplicate voters and other comman frauds. Of course, the examples of bribery you cited might remain.
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