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Sec of State Shelley Calls on Diebold to to Turn Over its Software Code for Evaluation
by repost
Sunday Feb 8th, 2004 10:42 PM
Shelley is not asking for changes to Diebold's software, but he called on the company to turn over its software code so it could be evaluated by independent experts chosen by the state. Shelley also is requiring random state testing of all electronic voting systems on election day to ensure ballots are accurately recorded.
Posted on Thu, Feb. 05, 2004
California seeks to improve electronic-voting security
By Elise Ackerman
Mercury News

California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley on Thursday announced measures to improve election security in the wake of a report describing how votes can be easily manipulated by hacking into an electronic voting system used across California.

One in four California voters, including those in Alameda County, are expected to cast ballots in next month's presidential primary on electronic voting systems made by Diebold Election Systems. Last week, computer scientists hired by the state of Maryland to hack its Diebold voting system announced they had successfully changed vote tallies on touch-screen voting machines, altered ballots and seized control of a central vote-counting computer.

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The Raba team also was able to seize control of the vote-counting computer by downloading malicious code from the Internet. Wertheimer said the key problem is that Diebold had not applied 15 security patches to the Microsoft operating system that is the foundation for the program.
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