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Diebold troubled by e-voting security
Published: 2005-12-14

The CEO of Diebold, a maker of electronic voting systems and automated teller machines, stepped down on Monday, the day before a Connecticut law firm filed a shareholder lawsuit alleging, among other charges, that the company's execs downplayed voting system problems in the last election.

The lawsuit, filed by Scott + Scott, alleges that Diebold was unable to keep control the quality of its voting machines, lacked necessary oversight of its business processes and misled shareholders about its condition.

The events come a week after the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit against North Carolina's election officials, alleging that by certifying voting systems--including systems from Diebold--for the last election, the officials violated a state law that requires the voting-machine makers to escrow all source code for software included in the systems.

In Florida, researchers allied with the Black Box Voting project were invited to test the security of the systems there and found that a poll worker could use a pre-modified memory card to change the vote tally undetectably.

Despite avoiding critical missteps in the last major election, electronic voting system continue to be under intense scrutiny in regards to their security. Computer scientists have questioned both the reliability and security of the systems, as well as pointing out that the confusing and secretive certification process made testing of the systems is essentially meaningless.

Posted by: Robert Lemos
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