Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Election hacking: Is it possible?

The news is all around us every day, it seems: Electronic voting machines can be rigged, hacked, tampered with, all without a verifiable paper audit trail. The machines can be opened without a key, their backend databases can be manipulated, and employees can tamper with the machines without anybody knowing.

Robert Kennedy, Jr. has written a great piece in Rolling Stone magazine about how this coming election can be stolen by just a few inside operatives.

Can it happen? Yes. Does anybody care? I doubt it. It seems that even if you take the 10 minutes to vote (what a sacrifice!), you don't really care about the outcome enough to do something about this well-known issue.