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Wanna steal an election? September 14, 2006

Posted by Kilgore Trout in National/International News, Politicians.

Daily Kos: Princeton Scientists create a vote-stealing program for Diebold AccuVote-TS

This is probably the single most obvious threat to democracy we have ever faced in this country. The idea of allowing machines that have been repeatedly proven to be easily manipulated is treasonous. If you cannot trust that your vote was counted correctly then are we a democracy? This questions the very fabric of what our country means. This is such a basic issue, what could be more critical to a representative democracy than verifiable elections? I am waiting to hear a single advantage to these machines. They cost more, take more time, break down and most importantly have been shown to be corruptible.


This all comes about as the latest news come out about a Princeton University press release in which University scientists found “extremely serious” vulnerabilities in the e-voting machines. They were able to create a program to steal votes which could be loaded onto the machine in as little as one minute.


For immediate release: September 13, 2006

Media contact: Teresa Riordan, (609) 258-9754, triordan@princeton.edu; Steven Schultz, (609) 258-3617, sschultz@princeton.edu

Researchers reveal ‘extremely serious’ vulnerabilities in e-voting machines

In a paper published on the Web today, a group of Princeton computer scientists said they created demonstration vote-stealing software that can be installed within a minute on a common electronic voting machine. The software can fraudulently change vote counts without being detected.

“We have created and analyzed the code in the spirit of helping to guide public officials so that they can make wise decisions about how to secure elections,” said Edward Felten, the director of the Center for Information Technology Policy, a new center at Princeton University that addresses crucial issues at the intersection of society and computer technology.

The paper appears on the Web site for the Center for Information Technology Policy.

There is no excuse for wanting these machines, unless you (or your party) are hoping to steal an election.



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