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rumpel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-03-06 01:20 PM
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1. OpEd: Secrets Secrets Everywhere
and all The Board did Shrink (with apologies to Samuel Coleridge)

November 2, 2006 at 22:19:55

by Mary Kiraly

Secrets, Secrets Everywhere and all the Boards did Shrink...
(With apologies to Samuel Coleridge)

by Mary Howe Kiraly

It seems like months ago that secrets began to tumble from the Boards of Election in Maryland, and land simultaneously in the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun, and then onto the national consciousness. So much has happened. But it has been less than two weeks since the first of three curious secrets appeared.

On October 20, 2006, it was reported that a former Maryland State Legislator had received three discs, delivered anonymously, that purportedly contained secret Diebold source code. A letter, accompanying the discs, disparaged the Maryland Elections Administrator. Her office claimed that the discs were not theirs. Diebold Corporation claimed that they had not produced the discs. Labels on the discs made it appear that they had come from testing laboratories; but Wyle and Ciber claimed that they were not missing any discs. A Diebold spokesperson quickly put out a statement that said that we should rest assured because the source code on the discs was protected by secret encryption.

The Washington Post reported that it had given copies of the discs to Avi Rubin to examine; but admonished him not to make further copies- or to attempt to uncover the secrets protected by passwords. The encryption was so secret that Mr. Rubin apparently never found it on the disc he examined. Diebold issued a statement saying that the FBI had been notified and was examining the chain of custody of the discs. This investigation was so secret that the Baltimore office of the FBI claimed to know nothing about it.
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