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+ - More: Electronic Voting Researcher Arrested

Submitted by Philom
Philom (24273) writes "This is an important update to the story on your front page about Hari Prasad being arrested in India.
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/08/22/1953246/Electronic-Voting-Researcher-Arrested-In-India

Alex Halderman writes: I'm a professor at the University of Michigan, and I coauthored the Indian voting machine security study with Hari Prasad. I've posted audio from a phone call I had with Hari while he was riding in the police car, along with further details about his politically motivated arrest."
Idle

+ - Researchers Reprogram Voting Machine to Run Pacman->

Submitted by Philom
Philom (24273) writes "Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that electronic voting machines can be reprogrammed to steal votes, so when researchers Alex Halderman and Ari Feldman got their hands on a machine called the Sequoia AVC Edge, they decided to do something different: they reprogrammed it to run Pac-Man. As states move away from insecure electronic voting, there's a risk that discarded machines will clog our landfills. Fortunately, these results show that voting machines can be recycled to provide countless hours of entertainment."
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Security

+ - Even Simple E-Voting Machines are Insecure->

Submitted by Philom
Philom (24273) writes "India, the world's largest democracy, votes entirely on government-made computer voting machines that authorities claim are "tamperproof", "infallible", and "perfect," but last week security researchers proved that they can be manipulated to steal elections. A team led by Hari Prasad, Professor J. Alex Halderman, and Rop Gonggrijp released a video showing off hardware hacks they built. These machines are much simpler than e-voting designs used in the US, but as the research paper explains, this makes attacking the hardware even easier. Halderman's students at the University of Michigan took only about a week to build a replacement display board that lies about the vote totals, and the team also built a tiny clip-on device that attaches to the memory chips, with the machine powered on, and rewrites the votes. Clippy says, 'It looks like you're trying to rig an election...'"
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+ - Hardware Attacks against India's E-Voting Machines->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "India, the world's largest democracy, votes entirely on government made electronic voting machines that authorities claim are "tamperproof", "infallible", and "perfect," but last week security researchers proved that they can be manipulated to steal elections. A team led by Hari Prasad, Professor J. Alex Halderman, and Rop Gonggrijp released an awesome video that shows off hardware hacks they built. These machines are much simpler than e-voting designs used in the US, but as the research paper explains, this makes attacking the hardware even easier. Halderman's students at the University of Michigan took only about a week to build a replacement display board that lies about the vote totals, and the team also built a pocket-sized device that clips onto the memory chips, with the machine powered on, and rewrites the votes. Clippy says, 'It looks like you're trying to rig an election...'"
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Security

+ - Scientists discover remote exploits in Green Dam

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J. Alex Halderman
J. Alex Halderman writes "My students and I have been examining the Green Dam censorware software. We've found serious vulnerabilities that can be exploited by any web site a user visits with the software installed. We also found that some of the blacklists seems to have been taken from the American-made filtering program CyberSitter. We've posted a report and demo."
Government

Mississippi Bill Would Tax Software Sales 293

Posted by kdawson
from the join-the-crowd dept.
Byzantine writes "The Mississippi Legislature has passed MS House Bill 1461 which would amend the state's tax laws specifically to charge sales tax on 'electrically transferred digital products,' including products bought via mail-order. The bill is currently on the governor's desk awaiting signature." Softpedia claims that 20 states have enacted download taxes of one sort or another — most of them for iTunes music — and that New York is considering taxing downloads of all kinds.
Security

+ - Link to Research Paper about Paper Fingerprinting ->

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Philom
Philom writes "I am one of the authors of the research that is the subject of your post about fingerprinting paper with cheap scanners, now on the front page. My group has just put up a site about the work and a copy of the full paper, and we will probably add a video very soon. I was hoping that you might be able to add this link to your post, since our paper is the primary source. Again, the URL is http://citp.princeton.edu/paper/ Thanks!"
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Censorship

Censoring a Number 1046

Posted by kdawson
from the you-can't-copyright-that dept.
Rudd-O writes "Months after successful discovery of the HD-DVD processing key, an unprecedented campaign of censorship, in the form of DMCA takedown notices by the MPAA, has hit the Net. For example Spooky Action at a Distance was killed. More disturbingly, my story got Dugg twice, with the second wave hitting 15,500 votes, and today I found out it had simply disappeared from Digg. How long until the long arm of the MPAA gets to my own site (run in Ecuador) and the rest of them holding the processing key? How long will we let rampant censorship go on, in the name of economic interest?" How long before the magic 16-hex-pairs number shows up in a comment here?

Comment: Story is out of date! (Score 5, Informative) 191

by Philom (#17149626) Attached to: Federal Panel [not NIST] Rejects Paper Trail For E-Voting
This story is badly out of date. The panel voted again the next day and reached a compromise that will require future electronic voting machines to have paper trails. See:

http://news.com.com/Panel+changes+course%2C+approv es+e-voting+checks/2100-1028_3-6140956.html
http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/?p=1095
Security

Federal Panel [not NIST] Rejects Paper Trail For E-Voting 191

Posted by Zonk
from the democracy-costs-too-much dept.
emil10001 writes "The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has rejected a proposal suggesting that electronic voting have a paper trail. The draft recommendation was developed by NIST scientists, who called out electronic voting machines as being 'impossible' to secure." From the article: "Committee member Brit Williams, who opposed the measure, said, 'You are talking about basically a reinstallation of the entire voting system hardware.' The proposal failed to obtain the 8 of 15 votes needed to pass. Five states — Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland and South Carolina — use machines without a paper record exclusively. Eleven states and the District either use them in some jurisdictions or allow voters to chose whether to use them or some other voting system." So ... accountability in voting will be a joke for the foreseeable future because it costs too much?
Update: 12/11 03:20 GMT by KD : Correction: It was not NIST that rejected NIST's recommendations, it was a federal panel chartered by Congress, the Technical Guidelines Development Committee.

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