"Hotel Minibar" Keys Open Diebold Voting Machines | Freedom to Tinker | Bush stole the elections, blackbox voting fraud ...

Like other computer scientists who have studied Diebold voting machines, we were surprised at the apparent carelessness of Diebold's security design. It can be hard to convey this to nonexperts, because the examples are technical. To security practitioners, the use of a fixed, unchangeable encryption key and the blind acceptance of every software update offered on removable storage are rookie mistakes; but nonexperts have trouble appreciating this. Here is an example that anybody, expert or not, can appreciate:

The access panel door on a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine – the door that protects the memory card that stores the votes, and is the main barrier to the injection of a virus – can be opened with a standard key that is widely available on the Internet.

On Wednesday we did a live demo for our Princeton Computer Science colleagues of the vote-stealing software described in our paper and video. Afterward, Chris Tengi, a technical staff member, asked to look at the key that came with the voting machine. He noticed an alphanumeric code printed on the key, and remarked that he had a key at home with the same code on it. The next day he brought in his key and sure enough it opened the voting machine.

This seemed like a freakish coincidence – until we learned how common these keys are. More ...



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Comment by Anonymiss Express on November 30, 2011 at 7:07pm

Yes. We hardly have to hack. Most is just there.

Comment by SEAMAN on November 30, 2011 at 6:57pm

It's been around for a while. But, it just that the masses of sheeple haven't seen them.

They'er to content with there blind existence. There eye's are slow to open and they lack the proper understanding to connect the tangled webs together even a smig, to get a glims at the most simplest of truths admist the lies & corruption!

Comment by Anonymiss Express on November 30, 2011 at 6:39pm

Yea, but the lid is off, and Pandora's box is wide open. The information is up for grabs nearly.

Comment by Anonymiss Express on November 30, 2011 at 5:11pm

Hmmm yes. They probably left other trails as well that weren't destroyed (yet).

Comment by SEAMAN on November 30, 2011 at 1:13pm

Nice Video. I never seen the part when he got back up and talked about  China!

I wonder if all that destroyed information that was located in Building 7 or the Pent, could of shed some more light on their plans?


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