A vulnerable diebold voting machine
E-voting machines are once again under fire

A Princeton University professor and two graduate students have further proven that electronic voting machines being used across portions of the nation are vulnerable to hackers. A paper on Princeton's web site describes how Edward Felten, professor of computer science and public affairs, found ways to upload malicious programs on a Diebold AccuVote-TS machine. The team was even able to create a computer virus that was able to spread between Diebold voting machines. According to the researchers, they are able to fraudulently change vote counts without the machine detecting the apparent tampering. An unidentified party gave the researchers the Diebold AccuVote-TS in May.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation yesterday announced that it is requesting the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reject the state of Ohio's latest attempt at dismissing an electronic voting case. The lawsuit against the Ohio secretary of state and governor alleges the state's procedures simply do not do enough to protect voters. Other states have also expressed concern over e-voting security measures.

Reports indicate around 80 percent of voters in America will use a type of electronic voting system in the upcoming election. Because of the growing popularity of paperless voting machines, more security and privacy experts are becoming worried of the ease in which programmers are able to penetrate the security of the voting machines.

A demonstration video is available on YouTube.

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