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Submission + - More: Electronic Voting Researcher Arrested

Philom 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.
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Submission + - Researchers Reprogram Voting Machine to Run Pacman (umich.edu)

Philom 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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Submission + - Even Simple E-Voting Machines are Insecure (indiaevm.org)

Philom 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...'

Submission + - Hardware Attacks against India's E-Voting Machines (indiaevm.org)

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...'
Security

Submission + - Scientists discover remote exploits in Green Dam

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."
Security

Submission + - Link to Research Paper about Paper Fingerprinting (princeton.edu)

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!"

Comment Story is out of date!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

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

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