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Master Diebold Key Copied From Web Site

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the this-can't-be-real dept.

Security 100

Harrington writes "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. " Update: 02/06 17:40 GMT by Z : We previously discussed this story, early last year.

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Déjà vu? (5, Informative)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 6 years ago | (#22322738)

Hmm, I seem to recall this story from sounds somehow strangely familiar...almost as if this exact thing had occurred before...

Oh, that's right, this story was covered -- right here on slashdot, no less -- a year ago [] , complete with a link to the very same now-year-old blog post [] , which was significantly updated [] at the time, and caused Diebold to remove the photo in question! (A very generic key form [] was used.) Might want to update this post...

Archives - January 2007 should be a clue. Or at least one would hope.

While you guys are at it, can you fix your patently incorrect story [] about Iran being "offline", when it clearly and provably isn't [] , thereby negating the main premise of the story? You know, since no one seems to care about anything sent to the on-duty editor email [] .

Slashdot is really on fire today!

Re:Déjà vu? (2, Insightful)

Deanalator (806515) | more than 6 years ago | (#22322848)

Yes, if slashdot did some automated submission comparison like digg, we might actually be able to avoid some of these dupes. Slashdot has a lot to learn from digg, and should copy it in every possible way. Maybe they can keep the cowboy Neal polls just for the nostalgia.

Re:Déjà vu? (0, Offtopic)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323012)

YOu mean we will then get the article... George Bushes caused the Master Diebold key to be copied from a Beuityful web site.

Re:Déjà vu? (0, Offtopic)

mrxak (727974) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323032)

No, don't you see? This slashdot dupe is just to demonstrate that with Diebold, all votes for Pat Buchanan will be duped!

Re:Déjà vu? (2, Insightful)

gnick (1211984) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323100)

Do you know what you get when you

copy [digg] in every possible way

You get digg. If you prefer digg, the address is: [] .

Although I agree - An automated dupe checker seems appropriate for things like this...

Re:Déjà vu? (0)

TheGeneration (228855) | more than 6 years ago | (#22327146)

ugh ugh ugh!!! UGH!!!! UGGGGGGH!!!!!
I can't even put into words my level of frustration regarding these f@#$ing voting machines.

Re:Déjà vu? (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323350)

Having recently turned into a whore for all things Digg, Diggnation and Revision3 (cough cough same nick, no space, friend me), I can tell you at least one thing that Slashdot does to differentiate itself from Digg to keep me coming many cases the articles on Slashdot's main page vs the main technology page on Digg are usually much more focused and interesting. The editors here do a good job picking which articles should receive the most attention.

Re:Déjà vu? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22328374)

I can tell you at least one thing that Slashdot does to differentiate itself from Digg to keep me coming here...

Comments by people older than 12?

Re:Déjà vu? (2, Insightful)

Megane (129182) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323888)

Except that this was a dupe on digg yesterday. Oops! So much for the "automated submission comparison"!

Maybe if the submitters (and /. editors) would actually pay attention to URLs with obvious dates in them?

Re:Déjà vu? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22322934)

Maybe the cables being knocked out don't really supply Iran with the internet, but rather, supply the /. editors with brain power. Now that they've been cut we're getting duped stories that are a year old and they've lost the ability to put together coherent replies to their e-mail!

Re:Déjà vu? (4, Funny)

dattaway (3088) | more than 6 years ago | (#22322982)

The real story is someone hacked a Diebold voting machine to host Slashdot. Notice how this site is running slower than usual, turning out false stories, and running dupes?

Re:Déjà vu? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22323484)

You must be new here.

Re:Déjà vu? (3, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#22324642)

The truth is that "Zonk," "CowboyNeal," etc. are actually just programs running on a server in Wisconsin. But the programs have a serious memory leak problems which only get worse if the server isn't rebooted ever few months. The guy who was supposed to reboot it this time couldn't afford the gas to Wisconsin.

Hey! (1)

the_fat_kid (1094399) | more than 6 years ago | (#22325728)

I live in Wisconsin you insensitive clod.

Those things you call "memory leak problems" we like to call "social drinking"

and by "reboot" I asume you mean "rehab"

Re:Hey! (1)

emmons (94632) | more than 6 years ago | (#22326894)

Rehab in Wisconsin? Blasphemy! We don't rehab, we just pass out before starting again the next day...

Re:Déjà vu? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22335224)

It probably wasn't gas. If he couldn't get there on Wednesday, I'd say he got stuck on the interstate. []

It was a miserable day.

Re:Déjà vu? (1)

whitehatlurker (867714) | more than 6 years ago | (#22324760)

Actually /. hacked the voting machine on its own and President Taco will address your other concerns in his next address to the nation.

Re:Déjà vu? (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 6 years ago | (#22332804)

I now hold the "key" to becoming the next president. Can this key do anything else? You know? Something useful?

Re:Déjà vu? (1)

jadin (65295) | more than 6 years ago | (#22328866)

It's only slow because it's hosted in Iran.

Re:Déjà vu? (1)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323004)

So you're saying this is Diebold news?

we're neighbors! (0, Offtopic)

emmons (94632) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323094)

Hello from just down the street! [] Except google maps is off by about 50 feet or so. I'm in the KHK [] house on the other side of the street.

Re:Déjà vu? (1)

PIBM (588930) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323138)

You forgot to say that diebold dropped the voting system part of the company about 9 months ago because it was a low-margin business and hurting the image of the company =)

Slashdot is on fire... (1)

eclectic_hermit (1232884) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323288)

Now that is news... It should appear as a new article any moment, thanks dave, for the heads up!!!


P.S. May that explains why people thought Iran was down. The people at Slashdot assumed that since we could not ping Iran, that their internet was completely down. Maybe they should have checked the Slashdot router, that was apparently on fire!!! But then agian, no "good" admin would check thier own equipment/lines first..

Re:Déjà vu? (1)

iiiears (987462) | more than 6 years ago | (#22334088)

This story is years old and has been carried nearly everywhere once or twice. Still it may be worth better understanding. Check youtube for "Hacking Democracy" or google Bev Harris,Andy Stephenson,Harri Hursti for the complete story.

Dupe... (0, Redundant)

vidarlo (134906) | more than 6 years ago | (#22322778) [] [] It's about one year old. And I'm sure that I've seen it on slashdot quite a while ago.

Re:Dupe... (1)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 6 years ago | (#22322968)

Yeah, its also a dupe on slashdot.

But yeah, even that digg story mentioned thats its a dupe, and no news.

But nowadays slashdot has to copy digg dupes. sad.

Re:Dupe... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22322990)

Guess any campaign "grind" jokes made would end up just being a "key" dupe of ones from the previous story then. Oh well, back to the grind.

Details of picture in case of slashdotting (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22322830)

The picture was of a piece of luggage with the combination of "12345."

Pretty damn stupid to use that as a master key.

Re:Details of picture in case of slashdotting (1)

Nimey (114278) | more than 6 years ago | (#22322870)

And change the combination on my luggage!

Re:Details of picture in case of slashdotting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22325282)

Pffft, we all know your combination. It is "6969". Hehehehe

One step closer anyway? (1)

posys (1120031) | more than 6 years ago | (#22322834)

Well now, this is an important development if true, and even if it is not, or just disinfo from Diebold playing double/triple reverse psychology, this may actually just be one more...

...step closer... to...

...what you know, is true for you too...


Old stories from Digg (0, Troll)

sgt.greywar (1039430) | more than 6 years ago | (#22322836)

Relying on the Diggbats will just result on more ancient non-stories like this popping up over and over again. The digg kids love anything that might explain why Ron Paul isn't winning the primaries. Come to think of it, the RP crowd here should adore this article.

Re:Old stories from Digg (2, Insightful)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323040)

Yeah, either this is from Digg, or from Reddit. I saw the same old today on Reddit... I haven't bothered comparing the dates to see who was first though.

But it's an interesting new problem in social news reporting. News tend to spread like wildfire, but that also includes bad or confusing reporting. This isn't the first time it has happened, at I predict it will become tremendously more common in the future, the more interconnected and popular social news sites like Slashdot (it now is one too especially since Firehose was implemented -- and no doubt have you seen the signs of this lately), Digg, Reddit, etc. :-(

whatcouldpossiblegowrong (1)

agent (7471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22322840)

slow news day.

USA to the rescue (2)

rdradar (1110795) | more than 6 years ago | (#22322844)

Soon on Slashdot: USA bans images on the internet as a safety method, "Evil hackers posting these so called images danger our protections, and we have to ban them all".

Re:USA to the rescue (1)

BigJClark (1226554) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323430)

Won't bother me none. We'll go back to lynx browsers and the spammers, 14yold kids, and con-artists will go the way of the Dodo. I long for the good ole' days :)

Re:USA to the rescue (1)

SnoopJeDi (859765) | more than 6 years ago | (#22327268)

I'm not really sure why anybody would go back to lynx who doesn't already just use it. There just wouldn't be images to view in [browser of preference].

Nostalgia: I remember when I understood it.

Slashdot (2, Funny)

Taimat (944976) | more than 6 years ago | (#22322860)

With the way it's gone so far today, apparently, slashdot is hosted in Iran.

Re:Slashdot (4, Funny)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323264)

I keep getting this error message
Am I reading too much into it?

503 Service Unavailable
The service is not available. Please try again later.

Re:Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22324500)

Hmm, I think something is wrong with your contrast, it's clearly:
503 Service Unavailable
The service is not available. Please try again later.

I'm in favor of this dupe (0, Offtopic)

Pizaz (594643) | more than 6 years ago | (#22322874)

Diebold sucks. Let's dupe this article several times a month.

What the heck? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22322918)

This ought to be tagged 'StopMisleadingTitles', /. is definately off game today.

Spreading Democracy Begins at Home (4, Insightful)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22322942)

Any country making both democracy and security its highest priorities for years, even at cost of a perpetual state of emergency, suspended liberty, thousands dead and many tens of thousands wounded (multiplied in the non-American casualties), unsupportable debts, alienating allies and activating enemies, would immediately remove these untrustworthy machines and never allow their vendors or technologies into the critical path of its government again.

Such a country would never have allowed such a risk at all, either before or after such vulnerabilities were publicly exposed.

But instead, this story will become a footnote. Precisely because there's an election going on. An election that is threatened by these untrustworthy machines.

Since those priorities were set and executed by a government installed on the reports of these kinds of untrustworthy machines, I guess we've got everything we deserve.

Re:Spreading Democracy Begins at Home (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 6 years ago | (#22324028)

The good old "No True Scotsman" argument.
Very persuasive. Bravo.

Re:Spreading Democracy Begins at Home (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22324292)

My statement isn't a logical fallacy of redefining a label up to deny contradictory evidence. It's a simple statement that the US isn't living up to its basic defining characteristics, even while we base extreme actions on claims of those characteristics. It's a demand that we change, not an excuse that the country isn't guilty of those things.

Or do you think that demands to meet expectations, especially expectations that are created by insisting they're essential and to be forced on others, are never reasonable demands?

Re:Spreading Democracy Begins at Home (2, Insightful)

bughunter (10093) | more than 6 years ago | (#22324622)

You seem to be misunderstanding the plan. The easiest way of "spreading Democracy" to the parts of the world under the rule of despots and corrupt plutocrats is not ridding the world of despotism and corruption.

No, it's by redefining "Democracy at home" to include despotism and corruption.

So far, their plan is working well.

Re:Spreading Democracy Begins at Home (2, Interesting)

mi (197448) | more than 6 years ago | (#22324994)

But instead, this story will become a footnote. Precisely because there's an election going on. An election that is threatened by these untrustworthy machines.

Although, indeed, appalling, the threat is overblown. AFAIU, it would still require someone to visit each machine in person in order to affect its results. This simply is not enough to sway the overall results of an important election.

Even if the "swingiest" district of the "swingiest" State is attacked via this exploit, the "winner" would still need to really win in a great many other places. This happened before. For example, in 1960 [] :

  • Fannin County, Texas had only 4,895 registered voters. BUT 6,138 votes were cast, 75% of which went to Kennedy.
  • Angelina County, Texas: In one precinct, only 86 people voted yet the final tally was 147 for Kennedy, 24 for Nixon.
  • [...] found a cemetary in one Chicago precinct where the names on the head stones were registered voters who had actually voted!
  • [...] visited the Chicago address where 56 Kennedy voters listed their address. What he found was an abandoned, demolished house.

It did affect the outcome, but only because Nixon's real win was razor-thin to begin with... Unless a truly major force (like a foreign government [] ) is financing the nation-wide hacking, the "razor-thin" is still a required quality. And a major force will, likely, find it easier to spend its money and efforts via (largely) legal covert and overt media-campaigning, rather than the highly illegal hacking.

I wish such fraud was completely gone, but that may be impossible. Whether Diebold-machines make the situation worse is not immediately obvious...

Re:Spreading Democracy Begins at Home (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22328892)

Gore v Bush 2000 550 votes

Re:Spreading Democracy Begins at Home (1)

mi (197448) | more than 6 years ago | (#22330112)

Gore v Bush 2000 550 votes

Yes, with balances like that a very little bit of fraud can really go far. Such fraud can be performed with or without the hackable voting machines. Like I said, I am not sure, the Diebold machines being discussed make the situation noticeably worse...

Re:Spreading Democracy Begins at Home (1)

Legion303 (97901) | more than 6 years ago | (#22331764)

"Whether Diebold-machines make the situation worse is not immediately obvious..."

This would depend on your definition of "situation." If you mean "rigging an election" you're right, but if you mean "finding out an election was rigged," you aren't.

Re:Spreading Democracy Begins at Home (1)

the honger (992005) | more than 6 years ago | (#22326146)

from the pool of candidates (Obama, Clinton, McCain, Romney, and Huckabee) we have a winner...please welcome the next president of the United States, George Bush!!

Stupid tags (1, Offtopic)

Buran (150348) | more than 6 years ago | (#22322944)

Dupes aside, WTF is with the insane and stupid tags? I thought a system was implemented that would wipe out crap like "haha". It's driven me nuts for a long time and I was glad when the system was "fixed". Looks like it re-broke.

But then, this from the software that STILL doesn't have an edit button!

Re:Stupid tags (1)

athdemo (1153305) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323572)

There isn't an edit button for a reason. Also, almost every article receives mainly useless and redundant tags. For example, this article has been tagged about 7 different ways regarding it being old. Give it enough time and hopefully those tagging articles in such a way will be banned from tagging anything at all.

Key (0)

Tribbin (565963) | more than 6 years ago | (#22322950)

Does it open the website also?

Well... (1)

HeavensFire (1161917) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323056)

you know, i love technology and computers, and i've had many years of experience with programming. but i have always said there are places that computers just don't belong -- and this is one of them. an exclusively electronic voting method just isn't a wise decision.

but i truly believe an electronic/paper hybrid could be developed which would make voting much more secure than electronic voting, while at the same time producing the quick results that everyone seems to want.

just as an example -- i think a machine where you cast your ballot electronically, which would in turn instantly produce a human readable punch card of sorts would be a good way to go. this punch card could be fed into a second separate system to immediately read and tally the results moments after each ballot is cast -- though both machines could be used to keep track of the numbers for comparison purposes. that would give us a paper trail AND a quick tally of votes.

Re:Well... (2, Insightful)

Miseph (979059) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323470)

I've got an even better one for stamping out abuse... use paper ballots designed such that each potential vote is listed on one line with a hollow oval at the far end, then have each voter fill in the appropriate dot with a provided pen and run the ballots through a machine designed to read such ballots and compile the results as appropriate.

You know, the same way that many institutions grade multiple choice exams.

The best part is that this is not only comprised entirely of existing technology, but that it is already how at least one state does things, demonstrating that the methodology works just fine. It's how I voted just yesterday.

It's completely obscene that ballot design has become so convoluted and messy that people can reasonably cast an incorrect vote, and it's just stupid to leave yourself without any means for a manual recount.

Re:Well... (1)

friedmud (512466) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323886)

Are you being serious? You do know that many people already vote this way, right?

I grew up in Missouri and every time I've voted it's been this way. You use a black felt tip marker to fill in the oval by the candidates you want to vote for, then feed it into the machine when you're finished. The "machine" is just a reader on top of a secure "bucket". It reads and tallies immediately... but the paper trail still exists in the case of a recount. The ballots themselves are _very_ easy to understand and mark. I've always found it to be a rewarding experience...


Re:Well... (1)

Buran (150348) | more than 6 years ago | (#22324018)

I'm in St. Louis County and we have touchscreen machines here, with a paper trail that you can verify, or punch (stylus) machines -- you get to choose. I haven't seen the marker/oval type here.

Re:Well... (1)

Miseph (979059) | more than 6 years ago | (#22325690)

Reasonably serious. Remember the 2000 elections when the big deal the day after was how confusing and unclear Florida's ballots were in many jurisdictions? Remember how Pat Buchanan managed to win in some communities that were primarily made up of Jewish retirees from the North (a traditionally liberal demographic, and certainly not the types to vote for somebody who is openly anti-semitic)?

So you know, the voting process that you (and I) described is exactly how voting works here in Massachusetts as well, right down to the felt-tipped markers. The fact that other places would, and apparently do, operate their elections in different AND fundamentally flawed ways is just shocking to me.

At the very least I feel that if people are to cast directly electronic votes, that the machines should then print a paper ballot which the voter can (and should) inspect for accuracy before placing it into a secure storage for later auditing.

Re:Well... (1)

HeavensFire (1161917) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323988)

there you go, proof of concept. ;-)

Re:Well... (1)

Forbman (794277) | more than 6 years ago | (#22324132)

except in most states the ovals have to be large enough to accept the dots left by Bingo markers.

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22324504)

In Oklahoma they have also been doing this for several years that I know of. It is not an oval but arrows with a blank in the middle. Just fill in the one you want to vote for. Simple but effective.

Well... (5, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323096)

What's the problem? We've all been demanding "open" elections.

Social Engineering (4, Insightful)

ObiWanStevobi (1030352) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323136)

While this story may be old, it was not a major election year when it ran, and all the e-voting problems still have not been fixed. So it is at least worth mentioning again, I think. Also, this story serves as a reminder that the most fearsome element of malicious "hacking" is not some geek with uber skills in a dark room, it's the information we willingly give out without realizing the danger.

Ok, I done trying to be constructive. I always was mostly a crowd follower, so here goes: Slashdot sucks and I hate them for posting this story.

Re:Social Engineering (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22324532)

Slashdot sucks and I hate them for posting this story.

Unless you are being snarky then why are you on Slashdot if you hate it so much?

Re:Social Engineering (1)

Snuhwolf (1105289) | more than 6 years ago | (#22326318)

So apparently no one has read the article on bradblog? The problem isn't fixed. Diebold has just substituted a jpg of a digital key in place of the original easily-made mechanical one. If you care about the security of voting theres also a convienient link to the VelvetRevolution site where you can lobby your congress critter to change things.

Slashdot's Downward Spiral (1, Insightful)

PortHaven (242123) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323232)

In the past year or two Slashdot has been IMHO on a downward spiral. Enough so, that if I had stock - I'd be selling it off.

I personally attribute this downward trend to the site's decision to become more political and less geeky. More and more I feel as if I am reading a political blog rather than a geek science & tech blog.

Good article submissions are passed up. Interesting news never posted. And numerous politically charged items find themselves reposted repeatedly - sometimes simply as a link to a different article on the same issue and other times the same article (just a year later).

More and more of my friends express that they no longer read Slashdot. Reason given...the interesting news appears later than many other online sources. And I must concur! Years back, most of the info I read on Slashdot was the first I heard of the matter. Now, over half the entries I read on Slashdot, I've already heard - many days and weeks before. In fact, I am finding that I am hearing things on before they reach Slashdot. That's just a shame...

Can we stop with the "politicizing" of Slashdot. And return to geekiness of nerdworthy news - thank you!

- The Saj

Re:Slashdot's Downward Spiral (1)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323442)

It will stop when Bush's successor (or sucksessor, as the case may be) is chosen. It will start up again in roughly three more years if we don't generally like the government of those four years, either; six, otherwise.

You must not be American? That's fine and dandy, after all, this is the World Wide Web. Keep in mind, however, that /. is hosted in America, is run by an American company and has a userbase that is comprised of a majority of Americans. If you are American, then SHAME ON YOU for discouraging political discussion at this most crucial time.

Re:Slashdot's Downward Spiral (1)

PortHaven (242123) | more than 6 years ago | (#22339588)

First off...
a) I am American
b) I vote and I discuss

Second, I have no issue when political discussion arises in the replies and responses. But I do get sick of the politicizing of what was mainly a non-political site.

Or maybe, what I am really sick of, is Slashdot's recent "campaigning" for politics. It'd be on thing if people of all political persuasion had free access in posting articles. But when one side is being fanned, and being fanned by multiple duplicate and redundant postings at every opportunity - others are going to get sick of it.

(ie: me, and a growing number of people I know. Yes, I know, I can always leave...and I think that might be the eventual result. *shrug* It's just I used to like this it's only okay. I & many others think it's slipping.)

Re:Slashdot's Downward Spiral (1)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 6 years ago | (#22344010)

You're right. You can leave. You can also post articles supporting your views. If enough people are posting those articles and enough people are voting them up in Firehose, eventually, they'll make it on the site.

Slashdot is becoming more and more community driven, in case you haven't noticed. That means more and more of what actually makes it on the site is going to be geared toward what the majority of readers are interested in on any given day. It just so happens that, right now, one of the leading topics is politics and the majority of readers appear to disagree with you.

You can pick up your blocks and go home, you can complain like you're doing, or you can contribute. I'm fairly certain the majority of us would prefer to see you contribute, even if that means voicing an unpopular (yet still valid) opinion; after all, that's what fuels discussion and debate.

Re:Slashdot's Downward Spiral (1)

PortHaven (242123) | more than 6 years ago | (#22350046)

FYI, I do contribute...

Alas, the case has been, my articles get rejected.

For example submission for the 1 ton rodent, and my submission for the 1 million vaccine doses recalled were rejected.

So we could post duplicate political entries instead!

Re:Slashdot's Downward Spiral (1, Troll)

Megaweapon (25185) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323612)

Can we stop with the "politicizing" of Slashdot. And return to geekiness of nerdworthy news - thank you!

This will never happen. The Slashdot folks found that, prior to the 2004 elections, adding a "Politics" section was click-bait ad revenue heaven. As long as there are politicos here Slashdot trying to shove politics down the rest of our throats (complete with dupes and wrong summaries) is here to stay.

Calm down. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22323414)

Well, first off I don't remember this story the first time it came out so it's not a dupe to me. I would imagine a lot of people don't remember this story coming out a year ago either and it's also new to them. Not everyone spends 23 hours a day memorizing every single story posted on Slashdot.

How much Slashdot hate can we jam in here? Quit being a douche and calm down. Go take a monistat and read something else if you are that pissy.

If they'd post the vote... (3, Insightful)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323536)

...the machines are pre-programmed to cast, someone could photocopy that and save us all the trouble of actually voting.

main stream? (1)

phrostie (121428) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323548)

so why hasn't this hit the main stream media?

Re:main stream? (1)

Fatal67 (244371) | more than 6 years ago | (#22324526)

Maybe because the article is well over a year old?

Does anybody read ANYTHING anymore? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22324646)

Am I the only one not surprised by the responses to this year-old news story? Slashdot these days posts so many questionable topics (the Iran cable for example) for the simple fact of whirling up the conspiracy nuts and getting some cheap hits.

People saw "Diebold" ran to their archives and did a copy/paste. Same goes for "Windows" or "Microsoft".

If you can't expect people to make it past the headline, how can you expect them to investigate the article....let alone actually start to read other comments.

E-Voting is officially dead (1)

DragonTHC (208439) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323664)

This is the buzzkill for me.

It's all bought anyway (1)

Teflon_Jeff (1221290) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323682)

I wonder if Diebold makes campaign contributions. I wonder if Campaigns make "Diebold" contributions.

Bad move (3, Interesting)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 6 years ago | (#22323838)

First it's a bad move to post the actual key on the website. Maybe it works on their ATM:s too?

Second, from the appearance of the key it seems to be a lock that's EXTREMELY easy to pick so the effort to make a copy - even by trial and error - would be small.

So if everybody that knows that Diebold machines are in use during an election makes their own key and just unlocks it and leaves the machine open... That could be for some interesting news. Votes dismissed due to irregularities - 50%. Just make sure that the machines is in the counties populated mostly by your opponent.

And - what stops one from ordering keys from Diebold?

Re:Bad move (0, Troll)

sbeckstead (555647) | more than 6 years ago | (#22325884)

Are you an actual "Idiot"(tm) or do you just play one on the internet?

Re:Bad move (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 6 years ago | (#22325934)

Why would you need to make a key? A lock like that can probably just be raked with a little tension applied in about 10 seconds.

The faith that people put into locks like this is astounding. It is there just to stop people from casually pulling out the card. Anyone who really wants to swap cards still can with relative ease.

Re:Bad move (2, Informative)

bughunter (10093) | more than 6 years ago | (#22327886)

Indeed. We all recall the Princeton report earlier this year that described the locks as so ineffective that they could be picked with a "common office implement" in under 30 seconds. Don't we?


The lock is easily picked--one member of our group, who has modest locksmithing skills, can pick the lock consistently in less than 10 seconds. Alternatively, this slot can be reached by removing screws and opening the machine. Some attackers will have access to keys that can open the lock--all AccuVote-TS machines in certain states use identical keys [24], there are thousands of keys in existence, and these keys can be copied at a hardware or lock store.

From Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine [] : A.Feldman, J.Halderman, E. Felten: Princeton University (September 13, 2006).

What a joke (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 6 years ago | (#22324178)

Supposedly, the old-fashioned paper ballot method is supposed to be too expensive and in need of replacement. It's awfully hard to pretend when a hundred thousand slips of paper go missing. A rigged e-vote? Who's going to know, as long as the cheaters are even a little creative?

How would you like to explain to the grandkids how you pissed away your democracy because you were too effing cheap to fork out a few bucks to maintain it. Dump these machines, fork out the bucks and do it right. I'd have thought eight years of Bush would be enough warning for anybody.

Just order the key. (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 6 years ago | (#22324530)

You don't have to make your own key. Diebold will sell you one. "Replacement Access Keys", part number GS-567311-1000, $5.90/set of 2. Order by phone, 1-800-769-3246. Operators are standing by.

Protein versus Electronics (1)

fpgaprogrammer (1086859) | more than 6 years ago | (#22324810)

Who the hell ever thought it was a good idea to let a robot count our votes? Can't we just use mechanical turks that cost less to maintain? There are probably enough protein machines willing to do it in an open and secure manner and for free. It just seems like a ludicrous waste of money, certainly not worth the ROI for something used a couple days out of the year. The risk of tampering is also obvious since Diebold must have friends in political places to convince them to grossly overpay for a few 74LS163s Are proponents of electronic voting trying to make their protein counterparts obsolete?

Spaceballs (1)

Ilan Volow (539597) | more than 6 years ago | (#22324934)

That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage.

Re:Spaceballs (1)

El_Oscuro (1022477) | more than 6 years ago | (#22327338)

Thats the key I have for my luggage! I can't find the key and have to use a screwdriver to open it now. How did Diabold get it? Has my luggage been pwned?

And speaking of voting rights ... (1)

jdp (95845) | more than 6 years ago | (#22325530)

... there appears to have been massive voter disenfranchisement in California. Julia Rosen's Count Every Vote in Los Angeles [] on Crooks and Liars (also on Courage Campaign's site) and Double Bubble Trouble [] on Brad Friedman's voter rights blog are both following this.

Please explain (1)

slackaddict (950042) | more than 6 years ago | (#22325604)

Can someone please explain to me why an electronic voting machine is a Bad Thing(tm)? Just about everyone electronically manages their financial transactions and trusts ATM's, which are arguably more important and touch more people than the 50% (or less) that vote... If we can develop machines that accurately track billions of financial transactions every second, why can't we develop a machine that can count votes?

It just seems strange to me they're so vilified. Is it the companies that are developing them that you don't like? I mean, voter fraud will always exist as long as there are politicians that do things like driving bus loads of homeless people that vote for dead people and then drive to another polling station to vote again.

If someone could explain this anti-voting machine phenomenon, I'd appreciate it.

Re:Please explain (3, Informative)

epsalon (518482) | more than 6 years ago | (#22326402)

The major difference here is a subtle but important one. With the banking system, if someone manages to get money or goods they are not entitled to, someone will be missing that money or goods and that someone will know about it once they take inventory or reconcile the numbers. These systems are routinely attacked and banks do lose money to fraud, and they invest in security enough so that the cost of fraud is less than the cost of the security measures.

With voting, the party that loses due to fraud is the public, and especially if there is no paper trail, there is no way to prove that any fraud did actually take place. It's very easy to make machines that count votes, it's basically impossible to make those machines such that no one involved could manipulate the results from the election officials, executives, programmers, and voters. With a paper election, the fraud-proofness is guaranteed though the fact that votes are opened with representatives of the various parties in place, and tallies are signed and published so that any fraud could be easily detected by the interested parties.

You trust ATMs? (2, Insightful)

argent (18001) | more than 6 years ago | (#22329112)

Can someone please explain to me why an electronic voting machine is a Bad Thing(tm)?

If something goes wrong with your ATM you know it happened right there when it happened, you contact your bank and get it fixed right then. And even then, you don't really *trust* the ATM. At least I hope you take your paper receipt, and check your balance, and if they don't match you can STILL call the bank about it.

If something goes wrong with your voting machine you NEVER know about it, because you don't get any feedback (like, you know, the money doesn't come out). So what you need to do is to take your paper ballot from the machine and put it in a box and make sure that the boxes and the papers are safe and *those* are what need to be retained for a recount when someone thinks things don't match and needs to "call the bank about it".

I don't think it unlocks ALL Diebold machines (1)

J3zmund (301962) | more than 6 years ago | (#22326800)

I worked the Polls in San Diego yesterday as a Precinct Inspector. The Diebold machine we had (for special-needs voters only) did not use this type of key. It needed a key more like a bicycle lock's key.

Re:I don't think it unlocks ALL Diebold machines (1)

Legion303 (97901) | more than 6 years ago | (#22331662)

So a pen cap, then? Good to know.

why bother? (1)

nguy (1207026) | more than 6 years ago | (#22329462)

These kinds of locks are trivial to open with a lockpick. Why go through all the trouble making a key?

(I suppose it may look a little more "official".)

Re:why bother? (1)

mrv20 (1154679) | more than 6 years ago | (#22331022)

It acts as a deterrent from casual theft of the cards from the machines. I think many more people would consider taking a can of coke from an unattended cupboard than from a vending machine, even if the vending machine lock were as trivial to pick as the Diebold one - it's more effective as a psychological barrier than a physical one.

We probably should put something similar on our demo units - a sharp-eyed colleague spotted an attendee at CES this year trying to walk away with the memory card from one of our stand demos. It seemed jaw-droppingly daft given how cheap the cards are (particularly compared to CES entry) and the potential dent in your reputation for getting caught doing so. I suppose it could conceivably have been a half-arsed espionage attempt, but a fairly incompetent one given that nearly all of the demo software is freely available on our website.

Re:why bother? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22334316)

It acts as a deterrent from casual theft of the cards from the machines.

I'm not questioning putting a lock on the machines.

I'm questioning why anybody would go through the trouble of making a fake key from the picture when using a lockpick is faster and easier.

Democracy as Ebay? (1)

smchris (464899) | more than 6 years ago | (#22329558)

The last person to change the Access database before the time runs out wins?

Easy to pick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22334120)

Simple locks like that aren't even a 10 second hurdle to me with my Southord lockpick keychain :) I grabbed it from [] its only 24.88 probably best price around.
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