Tuesday, October 05, 2010


Another amusing voting system hack

by Larry Geller

We mentioned the “Pac-Man” hack – without breaking the security seals, a voting machine was made to run the Pac-Man game.

Here’s the latest.

The District of Columbia put up an Internet voting system despite the objections of Common Cause and other organizations that the scheme was illegal. On September 28 a test system went on-line. The test was to run through October 6.

On the morning of September 30 , though, after each time someone cast a vote, their browser would play the University of Michigan fight song. Noticing this finally on October 1, officials took down the system.

Details of this hack for voting system fans are on BradBlog, here.

It’s not rocket science. In 2010, we should be able to vote reliably.


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