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January 25, 2007

Diebold key copied from pic on Diebold website

A security expert copied the key to Diebold voting machines from a picture on Diebold's website.

Boing Boing explains:

In another stunning blow to the security and integrity of Diebold's electronic voting machines, someone has made a copy of the key which opens ALL Diebold e-voting machines from a picture on the company's own website. The working keys were confirmed by Princeton scientists, the same people who discovered that a simple virus hack on the Diebold machines could steal an election. Absolutely incredible and another example of how Diebold's e-voting machines pose a great threat to the electoral process.

Almost every Diebold machine uses exactly the same lock and key. So one Diebold key unlocks every machine. Worse, this same cheap mass produced lock is found on office products all around the country. You can buy the exact model from office supply stores, or get it on the internet.

How would the bad guys know what model to look for? They don't have time for trial and error, they've got an election to steal.

Diebold sells these keys on its own website--but only to registered Diebold users. Yet until very recently, they showed pictures of the Lone Key to Democracy on their site. So, if you've got a drill vise and some similar-looking keys, you can make your very own.

Or, if that's too much work, you can probably unlock the machines with a mini-bar key.

It's almost as if Diebold doesn't want these machines to be secure.

Comments

I have trouble believing how incompetent Diebold repeatedly demonstrates that it is at its core business. Even if you believe that they are in the business of stealing elections, their machines, code and operations just seem so generally awful that management appears chronically incompetent. In a real, functioning market there would have been a shareholder revolt by now...

the one thing that confuses me about all this is that i can't really understand why the republicans didn't try to steal this last election. the machines were in place, karl rove could have hired someone to maintain their senate majority at least. it wouldn't have been at all hard (and it probably wouldn't even have been traced).
this is confusing because if they're not trying to steal elections, there's absolutely no reason to use these machines. what's going on?

Utica - thanks to exit polls, I don't think elections can be stolen unless they're close. Of course, the exit polls could be rigged as well.

I've passed the link along to Dan Wallach. Let's see what he makes of it.

I have to deal with Diebold on nearly a daily basis. They are incompetent to the core. The higher up you go, the worse it gets. The reason there is not "share holder revolt" is that Diebold is absolutely brilliant with their billing and product design. Initial investment is so high that you just can't give up on their ATMs and misc. bank products. They make a killing by building crappy stuff that you have to pay to repair. And their squeeze and power in the market is stunning.

To Adam's reply to Utica:

The exit polls showed Gore as winner in Florida in 2000. That's why some of the networks gave the win to Gore on election night. The same thing happened in Ohio in 2004 when the exit polls strongly disagreed with the official "results" for the national elections, but not for the local ones.

So how did the exit polls stop anyone from stealing the elections?

Well, if every one says you're rigging elections, and you're facing a voter revolt like the republicans are facing, why not let the opposition win, propose something like th surge, say the terrorists will attack us if we don;t stop them now, let the opposition block it, then blow up NYC the spring before the presidential election and say" See! It's all the Democrats fault!" and then rig THAT election, or if you blow NYC up badly enough (like with say, a small tactical nuke with about .5 to 1.5 kiloton yield. Something that will kill a whol bunch of people on Wall Street or in midtown, but not contaminate the whole place forever, just a nice 1/2 mile crater, let's say, on manhattan's bedrock, which is relatively easy to decontaminate), thhen you can just suspend the election.

Remember, Bush & Co. are very likely facing charges of treason, fraud, embezzlement, election tampering, etc.. and the distinct possibility of having all their legislation, judicial appointments, etc... thrown out on the grounds they were never lawfully elected if the 2008 election goes the democrats way. The Neocons have down fairly hideous stuff each at bat for the last 30 years, and from Nixon onward have avoided prosecution for it by having their successor pardon everyone on the way out. They are currently facing the first secenario in which their successor would very likely do the opposite. I simply don't believe their going to just let that happen. It's a matter of life and death for them to win the next election, or make sure it doesn't happen, in a way it never has been for any party in our history.

Well, if every one says you're rigging elections, and you're facing a voter revolt like the republicans are facing, why not let the opposition win, propose something like th surge, say the terrorists will attack us if we don;t stop them now, let the opposition block it, then blow up NYC the spring before the presidential election and say" See! It's all the Democrats fault!" and then rig THAT election, or if you blow NYC up badly enough (like with say, a small tactical nuke with about .5 to 1.5 kiloton yield. Something that will kill a whol bunch of people on Wall Street or in midtown, but not contaminate the whole place forever, just a nice 1/2 mile crater, let's say, on manhattan's bedrock, which is relatively easy to decontaminate), thhen you can just suspend the election.

Remember, Bush & Co. are very likely facing charges of treason, fraud, embezzlement, election tampering, etc.. and the distinct possibility of having all their legislation, judicial appointments, etc... thrown out on the grounds they were never lawfully elected if the 2008 election goes the democrats way. The Neocons have down fairly hideous stuff each at bat for the last 30 years, and from Nixon onward have avoided prosecution for it by having their successor pardon everyone on the way out. They are currently facing the first secenario in which their successor would very likely do the opposite. I simply don't believe their going to just let that happen. It's a matter of life and death for them to win the next election, or make sure it doesn't happen, in a way it never has been for any party in our history.

--Remember, Bush & Co. are very likely facing charges of treason, fraud, embezzlement, election tampering, etc.. and the distinct possibility of having all their legislation, judicial appointments, etc... thrown out on the grounds they were never lawfully elected if the 2008 election goes the democrats way.--

Amazingly funny stuff! Do you do standup?

"I have trouble believing how incompetent Diebold repeatedly demonstrates that it is at its core business."

Core business? I thought elections were a side business for Diebold? Fortune magazine had an extensive write-up on Diebold this fall. The magazine described Diebold as "caught in a nightmare it seems unable to wake up from." The magazine said Diebold decided to get into voting machines on a lark, mostly because it had bought a company that was already in that business. The consequences of going into that business were not carefully thought through. Fortune gave the impression that many executives at Diebold considered the move into electoral machines to be a disastorous mistake.

Look, let's not get into recounting the recounts of the past, but let's focus on the future. There is no absolute fool-proof way to cast and count 100,000,000 votes across 50 states. But we have to try! The lack of a paper trail is a fatal flaw, IMHO. Here's a clue: guess what kind of voting machines we use in New Orleans? If you guessed electronic with no paper trail, you're right! Now does it seem so amazing that rotten politicians get reelected???

Peace,

Tim

I am with you on the election integrity. We need to make this a big issue right now. I agree it should be treason to change the outcome of an election. I surfed in from Google after searching for the keywords "election tampering, treason."

I'm with you. Found this page after searching for the keywords "election tampering, treason," through Google.

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