Monday, September 25, 2006

Trust Us?

If there is still any doubt that the political future of this country should not be left in the hands of electronic voting machines which lack even the most basic of protections, such as a paper trail which would allow for a manual recount if needed, the following story from Wired News should be enough to convince even the most stubborn.

It seems that the maker of one of the most popular ATM machines is having to make changes to overcome the problem of machine technitions who overlook the critical step of changing the machines service pass code from the factory setting. At least one thief has taken advantage of this security lapse by using the code at various machines to make changes which allow him to empty all the cash.

If this is the level of expertise displayed by those safeguarding money, just what kind of protection can we expect for our votes? I shudder to think.

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