How to steal an election by hacking the vote : Page 1

From [ ArsTechnica]

What if I told you that it would take only one person—one highly motivated, but only moderately skilled bad apple, with either authorized or unauthorized access to the right company’s internal computer network—to steal a statewide election? You might think I was crazy, or alarmist, or just talking about something that’s only a remote, highly theoretical possibility…In this article, I’m going to show you how to steal an election.

This makes me want to cry. This is a very detailed article that will make you wonder in the elections in a couple of weeks if the winner really is the winner. Here’s the most disturbing part:

###Diebold AccuVote TS specs


118 MHz Hitachi SH3


16MB RAM, 32MB on-board Flash, 128K EPROM, Removable Flash PCMCIA card


Keyboard, modem (PCMCIA), IrDA, headphone jack


Custom Diebold firmware

Operating system

**Windows CE 3.0**

Application software

Custom Diebold system software


Touchscreen, thermal roll printer (for printing a zero tape and final vote tallies)

God help us all. We’ll run an election on the world’s most insecure operating system. Yikes! What were they thinking. At least if they chose Linux, they’d be able to inspect the code that’s going into the machines. Now, we’re trusting [[M$]] with the future of our country.