Sunday, January 22, 2006

181818--Florida Supervisor of Elections Proves Electronic Voting Is Easily Hacked


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

A Florida election official staged a scenario proving that any hacker can hack electronic computers without much effort. Of course, the GOP owned machines have been and are being hacked like crazy which is why the most unpopular government in history controls the Senate, the House and the White House.

From the Washington Post:
Four times over the past year Sancho told computer specialists to break in to his voting system. And on all four occasions they did, changing results with what the specialists described as relatively unsophisticated hacking techniques. To Sancho, the results showed the vulnerability of voting equipment manufactured by Ohio-based Diebold Election Systems, which is used by Leon County and many other jurisdictions around the country.



A touch-screen voting machine is demonstrated. State and county election officials are demanding that electronic balloting systems leave a paper trail that can be audited when results are disputed. (By Kiichiro Sato -- Associated Press)
Sancho's most recent demonstration was last month. Harri Hursti, a computer security expert from Finland, manipulated the "memory card" that records the votes of ballots run through an optical scanning machine.

Then, in a warehouse a few blocks from his office in downtown Tallahassee, Sancho and seven other people held a referendum. The question on the ballot:

"Can the votes of this Diebold system be hacked using the memory card?"

Two people marked yes on their ballots, and six no. The optical scan machine read the ballots, and the data were transmitted to a final tabulator. The result? Seven yes, one no.
When the Republicans swept up more House and Senate seats in 2002, I knew immediately they cheated when not just one but FIVE electronic voting tallies were a very odd and quite magical, I might add, number: 18181. I immediately said, this was a statistical anomoly revealing some coders laughing at us, using this obviously bizarre number to taunt us and to high five each other.

Before that election, no one ever had that tally and since then, no one.

This last election, they had to play a little quieter and sneak in those votes without any fingerprints. But the media and the Democrats and many of the top anti-Bush web sites refused to yell "Fraud!" when the last election went up in flames due to fraud.

Now, many chastize Kerry for "not fighting back" even though Kos and Atrios refused to fight back and even turned off comments to prevent anyone yelling about this obvious fraud. Now, they are all "it was fraud" which pleases me but is a tad late.

So here we are, sailing into another election with all the fraudulent machines still ready and primed for stealing an election and the GOP is frantic, yelling at the media whores to scream about Democrats being "corrupt" while dripping with slime, and sliming anti-war Democrats the same way, scream, scream, scream, hoping this will level the field for them to steal yet another election.

They just might since Americans are very fearful of pushing back. But if the money supply chokes off or the oil supply ditto, then stealing elections won't work, will it?

Time to ring up bin Laden and order another attack.
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