An anonymous reader writes: The California Secretary of State Debra Bowen has announced that she will decertify most of the electronic voting machines used in the state, following a devastating report by security researchers. The machines aren't going to be dumped entirely:
The counties will be allowed to keep one electronic voting booth in each precinct to accommodate disabled users. Counties and manufacturers must install a series of security measures in order to keep even one booth, ranging from a reinstallation of software to extensive auditing procedures. Bruce Schneier offers his take on the matter:
It seems that we have a new problem to worry about: the Secretary of State has no clue how to get a decent security review done. Perversely, it was good luck that the voting machines tested were so horribly bad that the reviewers found vulnerabilities despite a ridiculous schedule — one month simply isn't reasonable — and egregious foot-dragging by vendors in providing needed materials.
Next time, we might not be so lucky.