Re: Diebold on eBay

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Fri Jun 16 2006 - 14:32:51 CDT

> hope Diebold doesn't get wind of this? Lord only knows what
> they'd pay to keep it out of all our hands.

Do I sense a fund-raising opportunity here?

Teresa

-----Original Message-----
>From: Jim March <jmarch@prodigy.net>
>Sent: Jun 16, 2006 3:18 PM
>To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list <ovc-discuss@listman.sonic.net>
>Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] Diebold on eBay
>
> From the pictures it's a TS.
>
>Can we cut a deal here? Bev Harris has expressed interest :). Maybe we
>can "share it" - we're all interested in it for research purposes. One
>primary thought is to photograph the innards for oddball data ports and
>connections. Failure to do that was the single most glaring error from
>the "Berkeley Report" of Febuary '06 on the TSx.
>
>Next step is to copy out the executables and any data inside and pass it
>around to technically competent parties. That and a complete set of
>photos can be shared quickly on the 'net, implying to me that "where the
>hardware ends up" is of less importance than the machine getting into
>the hands of somebody pledging to do this and with access to the
>technical competence to do so.
>
>Bev and BBV really do have the best track record in sharing this sort of
>data. By a big margin.
>
>Next: can we got God's sake keep this quiet, discuss it on this list
>only and hope Diebold doesn't get wind of this? Lord only knows what
>they'd pay to keep it out of all our hands.
>
>Jim
>
>David Jefferson wrote:
>
>>This may be an opportunity; it should not be treated as a joke.
>>
>>Someone should write the seller and ask the following questions:
>>
>>1) Is the model a TS or TSx? If a TSx, is it a Rev A, B, C, D, or
>>E? (If the seller does not know, we should ask what he knows in
>>terms of the provenance, i.e. "used in Georgia in 2004 primary", etc. )
>>
>>2) What is its serial number? (This will tell us something about the
>>model and age. And if the seller cannot come up with a serial number
>>that is syntactically correct, it may be a hoax.)
>>
>>3) Does the machine work, i.e. power up and boot?
>>
>>4) Is the internal software still intact, i.e. does it boot WinCE,
>>and launch the BallotStation app?
>>
>>5) Does any software come with it? I so, what version, and on what
>>media?
>>
>>6) Does it have a VVPT unit or not? Does it come with smart cards,
>>memory cards, smartcard coder device, or other media, devices, or
>>accessories?
>>
>>Asking these questions may tell you some other things as well: Is the
>>machine stolen?
>>
>>If this sale is not a hoax, someone should definitely buy it and
>>contribute it to someone else who can make good forensic use of it.
>>I would be willing to contribute up to $100 to the purchase if the
>>machine is in good shape and not stolen. I'd contribute $200 if the
>>machine came to me.
>>
>>David
>>
>>
>>On Jun 15, 2006, at 10:08 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>>At 10:02 PM -0700 6/15/06, Ron Crane wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>Cameron L. Spitzer wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> It would be a terrible waste to destroy a Diebold DRE.
>>>>> Take it apart and take pictures. Here's the infrared port,
>>>>> here's the socketed BIOS chip with no seal, here's the
>>>>> jumper to reset the clock and fake out the date,
>>>>> here's the CF socket where the tamperers can substitute
>>>>> their code, here's the FAT32 file system with no
>>>>> journal or change history, here's Access,
>>>>> here's the blue screen, here's how you insert a trojan...
>>>>> Send it to the popular conspiracy sites and let
>>>>> them buzz it up.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>I can hardly add anything to that tour de force, except to say that
>>>>rhetoric is extremely powerful: more powerful, alas, than truth.
>>>>But if
>>>>you can use rhetoric in the service of truth, then you really have
>>>>something.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>Rather than destroying the carcass, I'd rather see if we can use the
>>>hardware as the basis for a reliable voting system using open source
>>>software. So after you take the pictures, donate it to the
>>>University of California. I'll gladly get you a tax receipt.
>>>
>>>Best regards,
>>>Arthur
>>>
>
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