Monday, October 30, 2006

A little something to think about those voting machines

I found the image at The Diebold Variations, which has various others. To put things in context, Princeton researchers have just completed an independent study of Diebold voting machines. Among its findings: "Analysis of the machine, in light of real election procedures, shows that it is vulnerable to extremely serious attacks. For example, an attacker who gets physical access to a machine or its removable memory card for as little as one minute could install malicious code; malicious code on a machine could steal votes undetectably, modifying all records, logs, and counters to be consistent with the fraudulent vote count it creates" (from the abstract). Not exactly something to make a voter feel confident. Here is a story from CNN Money entitled "Rage Against the Machine" to add a bit more context. Actually, a Google news search using the terms "princeton study voting machines" will yield a good number of results for readers who may be further interested.

The images can be reused, but note they are copyrighted by their creator, (c)2004-06 Rand Careaga/salamander.eps. I think that covers it.

A hat tip to Apophenia.

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