Feeds

Chaos Computer Club condemns e-voting machine

Flaws detected

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

The German Computer Chaos Club, Europe's largest hacker group, has called for a ban on the Nedap ES3B voting machine and similar computers after a Dutch citizens group found flaws in the dated e-voting machine.

The computer is used in elections in the Netherlands, Germany and France, and marketed in the United States by Liberty Election Systems as the LibertyVote.

The Dutch group Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet ("We don't trust voting computers") recently produced a report after a month long investigation and uncovered several flaws. For instance the ES3B's radio emanations can be monitored to find out how voters were casting their electronic ballots. Maurice Wessling of Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet says that compromising the system requires replacing only a single component, roughly the size of a stamp, and is “impossible to detect just by looking at the machine”.

Nedap doesn't deny that manipulation is possible with the Nedap voting machine. "Everything can be manipulated," the Dutch company says. However, it says the machine is secured against deliberate manipulation. In general, Nedap says, manipulation is much more difficult than with 'paper' elections.

The Chaos Computer Club says the machines do not meet standards under German law and shouldn't be used until citizens can rest assured that their votes are securely and accurately processed.®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
'Applying multiple security updates is extremely difficult'
Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods
Not just web servers under threat - though TENS of THOUSANDS have been hit
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Who.is does the Harlem Shake
Blame it on LOLing XSS terroristas
Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'
Want to register that domain? We're way ahead of you.
Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished
UK data watchdog rolls up its sleeves, polishes truncheon
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.