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Marylandís online voter registration files are vulnerable to attack, researchers say
Washington Post ^ | 10/17/12

Posted on 10/17/2012 5:24:59 PM PDT by markomalley

A voting rights group and some of the nation’s leading researchers on election technology are urging Maryland voters to check the accuracy of their online voter registration files after warning that the data had been left vulnerable to tampering.

Researchers at the University of Michigan, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a former president of the Association for Computing Machinery wrote to Maryland officials late last month urging them to take immediate steps to better protect a new system that allows Marylanders to update their voter registration online.

The letter warned that anyone with access to a Maryland voter’s full name and birth date could exploit a simple online tool to change the voter’s address, party affiliation or other information. Such changes, especially a change of address, could lead to a voter’s ballot not being counted normally on Election Day.

Despite the urging of at least one board member to respond to the researchers, officials at the Maryland State Board of Elections said they never did so. The officials told The Washington Post they considered the hacking scenario outlined in the researchers’ letter highly unlikely.

Ross K. Goldstein, deputy administrator of the elections board, said the state had taken steps to protect voter files, such as monitoring patterns of changes made to voter files online, but he declined to provide specifics.

“I am not going to disclose what security steps we have taken or not taken,” Goldstein said. “We are confident the system is secure.”

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Maryland
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1 posted on 10/17/2012 5:25:03 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

O’Malley isn’t going to straighten out anything that may benefit Democrats.

He is as crooked as a snake.


2 posted on 10/17/2012 5:55:33 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: markomalley

O’Malley isn’t going to straighten out anything that may benefit Democrats.

He is as crooked as a snake.


3 posted on 10/17/2012 5:55:36 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

O’Malley isn’t going to straighten out anything that may benefit Democrats.

He is as crooked as a snake.


The DNC snake already has a chokehold on Maryland. If they cause a lot of people to be unable to vote...they will pay. Since O’Malley has been warned it will be on his head.


4 posted on 10/17/2012 6:24:32 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: markomalley
“I am not going to disclose what security steps we have taken or not taken,” Goldstein said. “We are confident the system is secure.”

You mean "secure" like these supposedly secure voting machines?

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9220356/Argonne_researchers_hack_Diebold_e_voting_system_

Keep computers away from votes.

5 posted on 10/17/2012 7:42:06 PM PDT by TChad
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To: markomalley; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ..

Vote early. Vote often.

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


6 posted on 10/18/2012 9:06:28 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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