E-Voting Vendor’s Web Site Hacked
IDG News Service (03/20/08) Montalbano, Elizabeth; McMillan, Robert
Sequoia Voting Systems’ e-voting Web site has been hacked, stirring uproar from New Jersey officials that used the Ballot Blog in a February presidential primary. Princeton University computer science professor Edward Felten reported the breach, following an inquiry from a state county clerks coalition to investigate the e-voting system. Evidence of the infiltration was apparent because the hacker had inserted a message with a cyber tag name. The system was temporarily suspended and users were redirected to a hosting-provider page, but Sequoia later brought the blog back online.
“My guess is that they took the site down temporarily while they were clearing out the stuff left behind by the intruder,” Felten says. The county clerks have asked New Jersey attorney general Anne Milgram to probe Sequoia Voting Systems AVC Advantage e-voting machines, due to discrepancies in vote counts during the primary. Sequoia says different vote totals were due to poll worker mistakes and warned Felten against investigating it further.
That last sentence is the scary one.
People, the only way to truly secure a computer is to unplug it from the internet. With an issue as important as voting, we need a paper trail. I don’t care if hand counting takes longer. Correct, honest results are worth waiting for.