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althecat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-12-03 03:48 AM
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73. At last... the brits wake up.... Bev Harris in the financial times

Security fears grow over electronic voting systems
By Henry Hamman
Published: September 12 2003 5:00 | Last Updated: September 12 2003 5:00

Bev Harris, a freelance writer and public relations consultant in Washington state, made a startling discovery while conducting research for a book about elections. Without trying, she stumbled upon one of Diebold Election Systems' most proprietary company secrets - the entire computer code to its electronic voting machines.

Ms Harris is no cryptographer. She found the machine code for Diebold - one of the leading vendors of computerised voting equipment - using the popular Google internet search engine.

She and her publisher then downloaded the entire site and had the files posted for public access on a New Zealand news site. From that site, Avi Rubin, a computer security expert at Johns Hopkins University, teamed up with two graduate students and pored through the code line by line. Their results leaked to the US media in July.

Professor Rubin's report called the Diebold system "far below even the most minimal security standards applicable in other contexts", and said that reliance on electronic voting systems such as Diebold's "places our very democracy at risk".

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