Several well-known security researchers have examined the code for Diebold's voting machines (which we last mentioned two weeks ago
) and produced an extensive report (pdf)
. The NYT has a story
on the report, which cuts to the bone: 'Our analysis shows that this voting system is far below even the most minimal security standards applicable in other contexts. We highlight several issues including unauthorized privilege escalation, incorrect use of cryptography, vulnerabilities to network threats, and poor software development processes. For example, common voters, without any insider privileges, can cast unlimited votes without being detected by any mechanisms within the voting terminal.'