[LINK] Diebold voting machine key copied from photo at company's own online store!

Bernard Robertson-Dunn brd at iimetro.com.au
Thu Feb 7 10:29:02 EST 2008

Diebold voting machine key copied from photo at company's own online store!
Blogged by Brad Friedman
1/24/2007 6:05AM


It was revealed in the course of last summer's landmark virus hack of a 
Diebold touch-screen voting system at Princeton University that, 
incredibly, the company uses the same key to open every machine. It's 
also an easy key to buy at any office supply store since it's used for 
filing cabinets and hotel mini-bars! That is, if you're not a poll 
worker who already has one from the last time you worked on an election 
(anybody listening down there in San Diego?).

The Princeton Diebold Virus Hack, if you've been living in a cave, found 
that a single person with 60 seconds of unsupervised access to the 
system, who either picked the lock (easy in 10 seconds) or had a key, 
could slip a vote-swapping virus onto a single machine which could then 
undetectably affect every other machine in the county to steal an entire 

But the folks at Princeton who discovered the hack (after our own 
organization, VelvetRevolution.us, gave them the Diebold touch-screen 
machine on which to perform their tests) had resisted showing exactly 
what the key looked like in order to hold on to some semblance of 
security for Diebold's Disposable Touch-Screen Voting Systems.

But guess what? Diebold didn't bother to even have that much common sense.

This idiotic company has had a photograph of the stupid key sitting on 
their own website's online store!




Bernard Robertson-Dunn
Sydney Australia
brd at iimetro.com.au

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