Re: Another Security Hole in E-Voting

From: Dennis Paull <dpaull_at_svpal_dot_org>
Date: Fri Sep 12 2003 - 17:25:03 CDT

Hi Arthur et al,

The stuff Jim march found is much less damaging than the purported
internal Diebold email described on the the latest post.

The internal email, from Diebold support, indicts the whole elections
system, from vendor to certifier to Registrars.

Is interesting that the AP picked up on the SLO info.


At 02:12 PM 9/12/2003 Friday , you wrote:
>"E-Voting Critics Point to Security Hole"
>Associated Press (09/10/03); Konrad, Rachel
>Fueling critics' allegations that electronic voting systems are
>vulnerable to tampering and abuse is a March 2002 primary in San Luis
>Obispo County, Calif., in which the results of absentee votes were
>apparently posted on a Web site operated by voting machine supplier
>Diebold Election Systems more than four hours before polls closed.
>The county employs optical scan machines in which voters mark their
>choices on a sheet a paper, while the ballots are scanned into a
>computer and transmitted to a central server through a modem once the
>polls close; computer security experts say the modem allows hackers
>to ambush the data. Diebold's Deborah Seiler acknowledges that her
>company is looking into the San Luis Obispo incident, but insists
>that Diebold's e-voting systems are rendered fraud-proof by thorough
>oversight. She argues that the timestamps for the votes could be
>misleading, and suggests that Diebold engineers may have published
>the results long after the county primary wrapped up. Milpitas
>computer system administrator Jim March wonders what the county's
>server was doing linked to a Diebold server, especially if it dialed
>out while polls were still open; he explains that the incident could
>be attributed to an outside hacker or a malevolent or blundering
>Diebold employee. California Voter Foundation President Kim
>Alexander admits that the incident and other problems have made
>e-voting systems a source of worry.
>Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4507
>tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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