[Fwd: Computerworld story]

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_at_uscountvotes_dot_org>
Date: Fri Jan 20 2006 - 12:36:13 CST

Would someone more knowledgable than I please respond to this person please?
Thank you. Kathy Dopp

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Subject: Computerworld story
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 07:25:32 -0700
From: Larry Singleton <larrysing@gmail.com>
To: kathy@uscountvotes.org

I think the Diebold responses at the end of this story have a lot of common
sense behind them. Read them closely. Notice in particular the lines I
bolded and highlighted.

http://www.computerworld.com/printthis/2006/0,4814,107881,00.html
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*Diebold Responds*

Diebold has publicly denounced the Leon County tests as being invalid. In
fact, the vendor contended that Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion
Sancho's decision to sponsor the hacking attempts were potential violations
of licensing agreements and intellectual property rights. In a letter to
Sancho on June 8, Diebold said Sancho had committed a "very foolish and
irresponsible act." In that same letter, Diebold said the May hack was akin
to "leaving your car unlocked, with the windows down and keys left in the
ignition and then acting surprised when your car is stolen or the interior
vandalized."

Diebold spokesman David Bear responded to some of Thompson's claims about
Diebold gear. The design of the equipment used in the Leon County
demonstration dates back to the early 1990s, Bear said. *Diebold's current
touch-screen voting machines have far more sophisticated security that would
prevent this type of attack. *

Additionally, Bear said, the older optical scan machines are only vulnerable
to such a hack when normal security procedures are not followed. "*Even the
older memory cards are sealed in the machines after pre-election testing is
complete," he said.* "The cards are not given to third parties for 'hacking
purposes' as was done during the demo. *If any of the seals are broken or
there is any hint of a security breach, the paper ballots can be recounted.
*Furthermore, many locations require a certain percentage of ballots be
recounted even when there is no suspected fraud."

He also said that Diebold regularly enhances its products to bolster
security, and the enhancements are discussed, implemented, tested, certified
and made available to customers. "This situation is no different," he said.
"Procedures are available which fully protect against this style of attack."

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