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Diebold Hacked!

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Does this freak anyone else out? Some folks at Princeton bought a Diebold voting machine, the same make and model that is used in several states in actual elections. They take it into their lab and proceed to show how, in under one minute, a person with no technical background can install a pre-made virus onto the machine that will alter the vote talley for that machine. Not only that, but it will replicate, and install itself on other voting machines. It’s not detectable by the machine’s normal system scans, and will automatically delete itself as soon as the election is over.

This is not some hacker group at DefCon trying to make a point. This is Princeton. This scares me. I like electronic voting, but it’s past time for new election laws that enforce higher standards for vote security.

See the actual case study.