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Mon Jun 19, 2017, 12:39 PM

13. which reminds me of the Princeton study of the Diebold machines GA uses - bad news

https://www.usenix.org/legacy/events/evt07/tech/full_papers/feldman/feldman_html/index.html

Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine
Ariel J. Feldman*, J. Alex Halderman*, and Edward W. Felten*,†
* Center for Information Technology Policy and Dept. of Computer Science, Princeton University
† Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Abstract

snip...This paper presents a fully independent security study of a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine, including its hardware and software. We obtained the machine from a private party. 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. An attacker could also create malicious code that spreads automatically and silently from machine to machine during normal election activities—a voting-machine virus. We have constructed working demonstrations of these attacks in our lab. Mitigating these threats will require changes to the voting machine's hardware and software and the adoption of more rigorous election procedures...snip

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