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Hacker infiltration ends D.C. online voting trial
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Edited on Mon Oct-04-10 03:00 PM by Bill Bored
Source: Washington Post

Last week, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics opened a new Internet-based voting system for a weeklong test period, inviting computer experts from all corners to prod its vulnerabilities in the spirit of "give it your best shot." Well, the hackers gave it their best shot -- and midday Friday, the trial period was suspended, with the board citing "usability issues brought to our attention."

Here's one of those issues: After casting a vote, according to test observers, the Web site played "Hail to the Victors" -- the University of Michigan fight song.

"The integrity of the system had been violated," said Paul Stenbjorn, the board's chief technology officer.

Stenbjorn said a Michigan professor whom the board has been working with on the project had "unleashed his students" during the test period, and one succeeded in infiltrating the system.

The fight song is a symptom of deeper vulnerabilities, says Jeremy Epstein, a computer scientist working with the Common Cause good-government nonprofit on online voting issues. "In order to do that, they had to be able to change anything they wanted on the Web site," Epstein said.


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I'm sorry, but everyone should be visiting the DU Election Reform Forum for this kind of news on a regular basis. So here's the link to the excerpt there:

This may be the tail wagging the dog, but elections are too important not to have their own forum that everyone checks regularly.

A few days ago, I posted about this story and it didn't even get 5 Recommends! So if you're interested in voting news, please visit the ER Forum on a regular basis from now on!:

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  -Hacker infiltration ends D.C. online voting trial Bill Bored  Oct-04-10 02:59 PM   #0 
  - stands and cheers! yeah, this is exactly how you prove online  LittleGirl   Oct-04-10 03:15 PM   #1 
  - Really, no voting system is completely secure.  Pab Sungenis   Oct-04-10 03:18 PM   #2 
  - You left out Optical Scan which is as hackable as DREs.  Bill Bored   Oct-04-10 03:21 PM   #5 
  - It can be done if there is a controversy  CatholicEdHead   Oct-04-10 03:25 PM   #6 
  - And ballots can be removed, or added, if it's close.  AtheistCrusader   Oct-04-10 04:21 PM   #11 
     - That would be very hard, too.  donco6   Oct-04-10 05:20 PM   #25 
  - We do it every year.  donco6   Oct-04-10 05:15 PM   #23 
  - It would be if it were mandated, as OR and MN now do  eridani   Oct-04-10 09:16 PM   #45 
  - Yep, agreed  LittleGirl   Oct-04-10 04:18 PM   #10 
  - However it's a little more difficul...  LanternWaste   Oct-04-10 04:54 PM   #22 
  - They should be hand-counted AT PRECINCTS, with counts videotaped.  Liberty Belle   Oct-04-10 07:45 PM   #39 
  - The question is relative security  DissedByBush   Oct-05-10 07:35 AM   #52 
  - Nothing against Brad, but he's only one voice, and he's got a lot on his plate! nt  Bill Bored   Oct-04-10 03:19 PM   #3 
  - Props to Michigan from a OSU graduate! nt  thereismore   Oct-04-10 03:21 PM   #4 
  - So funny, it's sad.  Blue State Bandit   Oct-04-10 03:29 PM   #7 
  - K & R !!!!!  diva77   Oct-04-10 03:47 PM   #8 
  - K&R  drm604   Oct-04-10 03:57 PM   #9 
  - Wrong.  AtheistCrusader   Oct-04-10 04:24 PM   #12 
  - Doesn't matter. This system has other problems besides the security ones.  Bill Bored   Oct-04-10 04:45 PM   #20 
  - It sounds to me like they checked into it, and found the files were read-only.  boppers   Oct-04-10 10:59 PM   #46 
  - See post #56. nt  Bill Bored   Oct-05-10 11:30 PM   #57 
  - Considering that I, with one programming course in the 1980s, can think of  Lydia Leftcoast   Oct-04-10 04:25 PM   #13 
  - MUCH MORE ON THIS STORY & OTHER RECENT E-VOTE HACKS  BradBlog   Oct-04-10 04:29 PM   #14 
  - Go Blue!  KamaAina   Oct-04-10 04:33 PM   #15 
  - LOL M GO BLUE! n/t  Cal Carpenter   Oct-04-10 04:34 PM   #16 
  - Haha, Go Blue!!!  nyy1998   Oct-04-10 04:41 PM   #17 
  - When voting say,"Paper,please!"  herbm   Oct-04-10 04:44 PM   #18 
  - I bet I know who this was  apacherose   Oct-04-10 04:44 PM   #19 
  - Well the article said it was one of the professor's students  a2liberal   Oct-05-10 01:08 AM   #49 
  - Here's hoping they buy good quality speaker systems for those voting machines.  Bozita   Oct-04-10 04:53 PM   #21 
  - The song....  harvey007   Oct-04-10 05:20 PM   #24 
  - I prefer the version by the entire marching band ... with an intro by Bob Ufer  Bozita   Oct-04-10 05:32 PM   #26 
     - I miss Bob Ufer  SharonRB   Oct-04-10 06:14 PM   #29 
  - K&R  pleah   Oct-04-10 05:47 PM   #27 
  - Go Blue!  SharonRB   Oct-04-10 06:11 PM   #28 
  - didn't Anne Coulter graduate from Michigan  davidinalameda   Oct-04-10 06:32 PM   #30 
  - Coulter's a Cornell grad.  Bozita   Oct-04-10 06:44 PM   #33 
     - where did she go to law school?  davidinalameda   Oct-04-10 11:33 PM   #47 
        - It's a big school  caraher   Oct-05-10 07:05 AM   #51 
           - that almost evens it out  davidinalameda   Oct-05-10 08:54 AM   #53 
  - Awesome! These things are *absolutely* unable to be secured. P.S. I'm a computer engineer. (nt)  w4rma   Oct-04-10 06:36 PM   #31 
  - Corporations have no  femrap   Oct-04-10 06:38 PM   #32 
  - Republican Secretary of States change & steal votes every election with the extremely easily  GreenTea   Oct-04-10 06:50 PM   #34 
  - +1  TroglodyteScholar   Oct-04-10 07:23 PM   #36 
     - 2002 GA elections were a sad day for the election process & democrats the republicans  GreenTea   Oct-04-10 08:17 PM   #43 
  - "The integrity of the system had been violated"  ElboRuum   Oct-04-10 07:17 PM   #35 
  - K&R #64 n/t  Melissa G   Oct-04-10 07:25 PM   #37 
  - Woot! Go Blue!  vanboggie   Oct-04-10 07:43 PM   #38 
  - These voting systems are quite vulnerable. Especially when they run Windows.  RoccoR5955   Oct-04-10 07:52 PM   #40 
  - After all these years they decide there may be a problem... charming.  bobbolink   Oct-04-10 08:08 PM   #41 
  - GOOD.  robinlynne   Oct-04-10 08:14 PM   #42 
  - K&R  valerief   Oct-04-10 08:31 PM   #44 
  - Go Blue!  a2liberal   Oct-05-10 12:48 AM   #48 
  - I think voters should be sent a bar code, people will need to get a bar code reader pen then only...  ProgressOnTheMove   Oct-05-10 05:33 AM   #50 
  - I don't think they are trying. If we can make secure banking transactions, we can vote online. BS.  earcandle   Oct-05-10 09:18 AM   #54 
  - Not trying  wcollar   Oct-05-10 12:32 PM   #55 
  - The hack is explained by the hacker here:  Bill Bored   Oct-05-10 11:25 PM   #56 
     - POSITIVE NEWS FOR INTERNET VOTING  Bill_Kelleher   Oct-21-10 05:55 PM   #58 

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