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Stevepol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-08 06:43 PM
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Hack-a-vote: This is a dupe! Please ignore. See Wilms below & K&R!
Edited on Wed Oct-08-08 06:52 PM by Stevepol
THIS IS A DUPE! See Wilms' post on the same subject & K&R that.

Maybe DU needs to organize some hackers to compete with the Repub criminals who have been hacking and fraudulently programming the machines for the past 15 years.

As the students and teachers say:

"The results prove it's easy to insert subtle changes to the voting machine. If someone has access and wants to do damage, it's a straightforward hack."

Wow! Who woulda thunk it?

Hack-A-Vote by Julia Whitty

Graduate and undergraduate students at Rice University are learning how easy it is to wreak havoc on today's voting machines. As part of an advanced computer science class, students do their best to rig a voting machine in the classroom.

Here's how it works: The class is split into two teams. In phase one, the teams play unscrupulous programmers at a voting machine company. Their task is to make subtle changes to the Hack-A-Vote's software that will alter the election's outcome but that can't be detected by election officials. In the second phase, the teams play software regulators who certify the code submitted by the hacking team.


Dan Wallach is Director of Rice's Computer Security Lab tests. "If this happened in the real world, real votes could be compromised and nobody would know."

Wallach is also a blogger at Freedom To Tinker. Andrew Appel of Princeton blogs there too. His latest post is about the New Jersey Superior Court prohibiting the scheduled release of a report on the security and accuracy of the Sequoia AVC Advantage voting machine:

"Last June, Judge Linda Feinberg ordered Sequoia Voting Systems to turn over its source code to me (serving as an expert witness, assisted by a team of computer scientists) for a thorough examination. At that time she also ordered that we could publish our report 30 days after delivering it to the Courtwhich should have been today. Three weeks after we delivered the report, on September 24th Judge Feinberg ordered us not to release it. This is part of a lawsuit filed by the Rutgers Constitutional Litigation Clinic, seeking to decommission of all of New Jersey's voting computers. New Jersey mostly uses Sequoia AVC Advantage direct-recording electronic (DRE) models. None of those DREs can be audited: they do not produce a voter verified paper ballot that permit each voter to create a durable paper record of her electoral choices before casting her ballot electronically on a DRE. The legal basis for the lawsuit is quite simple: because there is no way to know whether the DRE voting computer is actually counting votes as cast, there is no proof that the voting computers comply with the constitution or with statutory law that require that all votes be counted as cast."

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