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UC Scientists Release Voting Machine Hacking Video
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 08:57:58 -0400



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From: dewayne () warpspeed com (Dewayne Hendricks)
Date: September 16, 2008 7:41:41 AM EDT
To: Dewayne-Net Technology List <xyzzy () warpspeed com>
Subject: [Dewayne-Net] UC Scientists Release Voting Machine Hacking Video

UC Scientists Release Voting Machine Hacking Video
By Brad Friedman, Brad Blog
Posted on September 10, 2008
<http://www.alternet.org/story/98320/>
The Computer Security Group at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) has released a short, chilling video demonstrating how a single person can hack an election on a touch-screen voting system -- even one with a so-called "Voter Verifiable Paper Trail" (VVPAT) added to it -- in such a way that it is highly unlikely that the manipulation would ever be detected by either the public or election officials.

The video, which shows "just examples of the different ways in which the system can be compromised" is the latest in a similar string of such demonstrations that have been released over the last two years, all showing how easily electronic voting systems can be tampered with, often undetectably.

In the UCSB video posted below, the hack of Sequoia voting system being prepared for use in an entire county, is done in approximately 3 seconds, by a single person with simple insider access and a $10 USB thumb drive. Every machine used in the county, in such a case, would be effected. Moreover, the viral hack would not be discovered by pre- election "Logic and Accuracy" testing -- in cases were election officials actually bother to perform such tests prior to elections -- nor would it likely be discovered even in the event of a complete, 100% post-election audit of the touch-screen "paper-trail" records.

The hack demonstration, prepared by the UCSB scientists as part of California's 2007"Top-to-Bottom Review" of all of the state's e-voting systems, also reveals how so-called "security seals" placed on such machines after they've been programmed for an election, can be easily defeated without detection ...

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Videos at: Part 1 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWDEZqqqBHE> Part 2 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moEsgdzZ19c>
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