Guest blogged by Winter Patriot
Yesterday, OpEdNews published an astonishing article by David Dill, Doug Jones and Barbara Simons, an article which blows the lid off the shenanigans that have been going on between Diebold and the State of Maryland.
Wise men say "Consider the source." That's always a good idea. In this case, all three authors have very impressive credentials:
Doug Jones is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Iowa.
Barbara Simons is retired from IBM Research and a former ACM [Association for Computing Machinery] President.
Turning to the article itself, here are the first few paragraphs:
Recently, computer security expert Harri Hursti revealed serious security vulnerabilities in Diebold's software. According to Michael Shamos, a computer scientist and voting system examiner in Pennsylvania, "It's the most severe security flaw ever discovered in a voting system."
Even more shockingly, we learned recently that Diebold and the State of Maryland had been aware of these vulnerabilities for at least two years. They were documented in analysis, commissioned by Maryland and conducted by RABA Technologies, published in January 2004. For over two years, Diebold has chosen not to fix the security holes, and Maryland has chosen not to alert other states or national officials about these problems.
Basically, Diebold included a "back door" in its software, allowing anyone to change or modify the software. There are no technical safeguards in place to ensure that only authorized people can make changes.
A malicious individual with access to a voting machine could rig the software without being detected. Worse yet, if the attacker rigged the machine used to compute the totals for some precinct, he or she could alter the results of that precinct. The only fix the RABA authors suggested was to warn people that manipulating an election is against the law.
So manipulating an election is against the law? Who'da thunk it?
Sorry! I couldn't help myself.
The remainder of the article, unaccompanied by smart remarks, follows: