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Sep 9, 2008 12:02 PM CST Newly released video shows how easily electronic voting machines can be hacked, pried open
Magnetic
MagneticMagneticgreensboro, North Carolina USA88 Threads 172 Posts
Test of company's software recently double-counted thousands of votes
A newly released video depicts an eerie scenario in which voting machines produce an XXXXXX result for the ballot position of US senator after a vote is placed and then replaces the XXXXXX with an individual's name.

Though it appears to be part of an eerie low-budget sci-fi thriller, the producers weren't B-movie conspiracy theorists. Instead, they were students from the University of Santa Barbara's Security Group, participating in a project commissioned by the California Secretary of State.

Why the video was posted now despite the fact that the project took place last year remains unknown. It may have its roots in a legal threat issued by the voting machines' manufacturer in March. In a sharply worded letter to a Princeton research team that had audited their machines before, Edwin Smith, the VP for "Compliance/Quality/Certification," said that the publication of any security audit of "Sequoia software its behavior" would force the company to "take appropriate steps" through its "retained counsel."

In the film, included below, students demonstrate uploading a virus-like program to a voting terminal by inserting a data card and pressing a key. They then proceed through the voting process -- selecting candidates and approving ballot issues. Following their votes, the machine spits out a paper receipt.

The receipt correctly displays the student's choices. But a moment later, it spits out a second receipt, topped "VOID," which has replaced the student's senatorial selection with XXXXXX. The following receipt replaces XXXXXX with James P. 'Jim' Gray.

The student project also reveals the system's vulnerability to hacking the machines' internal workings. One student is able to slip one of the virus-implanting cards into a theoretically "sealed" machine simply by peeling back the flap.
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Sep 9, 2008 12:03 PM CST Newly released video shows how easily electronic voting machines can be hacked, pried open
Magnetic
MagneticMagneticgreensboro, North Carolina USA88 Threads 172 Posts
Sealed machines opened up in seconds
A physically sealed machine is opened and hacked in just 18 seconds.

A second machine is unscrewed in less than a minute.

A piece of sheet metal holding on the door is removed in several minutes with a simple Phillips head screwdriver.

It's possible the letter from Sequoia's Smith has succeeded in keeping some audits of the company's software off the national radar. In his letter to the Princeton professors who'd planned an audit of the company's voting machines, the firm all but threatens a lawsuit.

"As you have likely read in the news media, certain New Jersey election officials have stated that they plan to send to you one or more Sequoia Advantage voting machines for analysis," Smith writes. "I want to make you aware that if the County does so, it violates their established Sequoia licensing Agreement for use of the voting system. Sequoia has also retained counsel to stop any infringement of our intellectual properties, including any non-compliant analysis. We will also take appropriate steps to protect against any publication of Sequoia software, its behavior, reports regarding same or any other infringement of our intellectual property."

Sequoia reemerged in the news late last month after votes were double counted during a test in Florida. Yesterday, the company blamed the glitch on "operator error."

"Procedures by the poll workers and the Supervisor's office staff proved to be good," Sequoia asserted. "The hardware and software performed as it should. The accuracy will be confirmed at a later date. The reason that the vote totals doubled in these 40 precincts was due to an inadvertent operator error.

The California students' video was picked up Tuesday by the blog BoingBoing.
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Sep 9, 2008 1:26 PM CST Newly released video shows how easily electronic voting machines can be hacked, pried open
HealthyLiving
HealthyLivingHealthyLivingSomewhere In, Tennessee USA690 Threads 2 Polls 6,584 Posts
Voting machines are able to be hacked very easily and programmed to do whatever the cheaters want done, even change your vote.

Diebold machines are very easily altered as well.

There is an excellent documentary to watch concerning this subject.
It's a Must SEE for every voter!!!

Hacking Democracy


"Hacking democracy" is an emmy nominated documentary which exposes how easily our votes are manipulated without a trace.
This cautionary documentary exposes the vulnerability of computers - which count approximately 80% of America's votes in county, state and federal elections - suggesting that if our votes aren't safe, then our democracy isn't safe either.
When you can't control the Politicians or the voters, then you control the counting! Go back to paper votes and we will have a President that was voted in!

Diebold DEMANDED that HBO cancel this film!!!

It can be seen on youtube in 9 parts. Here is the link for part 1.

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Sep 9, 2008 1:39 PM CST Newly released video shows how easily electronic voting machines can be hacked, pried open
HealthyLiving: Voting machines are able to be hacked very easily and programmed to do whatever the cheaters want done, even change your vote.

Diebold machines are very easily altered as well.

There is an excellent documentary to watch concerning this subject.
It's a Must SEE for every voter!!!

Hacking Democracy "Hacking democracy" is an emmy nominated documentary which exposes how easily our votes are manipulated without a trace.
This cautionary documentary exposes the vulnerability of computers - which count approximately 80% of America's votes in county, state and federal elections - suggesting that if our votes aren't safe, then our democracy isn't safe either.
When you can't control the Politicians or the voters, then you control the counting! Go back to paper votes and we will have a President that was voted in!

Diebold DEMANDED that HBO cancel this film!!!

It can be seen on youtube in 9 parts. Here is the link for part 1.

You wanna cheat,you'll find a way to cheat,Paperballots won't make a difference.
Lived 35 years in a Westindian Country.They're using Paper-Ballots,Voters-Card with Photo,Indelible Ink after Voting,and the Ballot Boxes still getting stuffed,dead People still Vote.
What do you think happened in Zimbabwe?mumbling uh oh
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Sep 9, 2008 2:12 PM CST Newly released video shows how easily electronic voting machines can be hacked, pried open
ttom500
ttom500ttom500St. Cloud, Florida USA39 Threads 7 Polls 16,471 Posts
I work the polls here in Florida. We found a security prolbem with
touch screens systems. That they could be hacked.

So we use them on a limited basis. Our paper ballot trails are solid on the accu vote (scanner) system.

But on the computer diebolds and touch screens.....systems that can be hacked..... part of the key is to make the poll staff award of teh techniques to hack it.

My precint we will have 10-15 poll workers watching the voters in the open booths. Try disassembling a maching with that number of eyes on you in a small space. Not likely to happen.

Not saying that it cannot....just not easily or likely.

Most all of Florida today is accu vote....for those of you that are concerned.
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