Friday, November 03, 2006

How To Steal An Election

Simply terrific article on Ars Technica on e-voting. It's as least as bad as the paranoids (hi, Phil!) thought. If you don't want to slog through all the technical detail, the article links to a completely hilarious Daily Show segment (Glory, you're right--they are doing the real news on that show) that wraps it up for you in a couple of minutes. If you don't have a couple of minutes: The state of Maryland held a fake election and challenged a security firm to steal it. The security firm found the tabulation system by wardialing, busted in, changed the results in a way that was not detectable, removed traces of their breakin, and boogied -- in five minutes.


Blogger Alexa Weber Morales said...

Wow, great stuff, Rick. My hope is that the attention paid to election fraud by the infosec community will influence security measures. And heightened awareness of election fraud, I think, can have a positive effect in focusing the public on the value of democracy.

Great link to the Daily Show, study, too. Heck, anyone can see that Jon Stewart presents factual information spiced with humor and irony, and, to be honest, some intellectual, male, left-leaning bias. And some toilet humor (more evidence of male bias);-)

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