Systems Review Finds Hacking Possible

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, July 30, 2007

Thereview was commissioned by Secretary of State Debra Bowen and was conducted by a team of U.C. researchers.  The goal was to determine the security, accessibility and reliability of each system.  Bowen says investigators were able to hack into the machines.

 “The security teams were able to bypass both physical and software security in every system they tested…”  

Bowen says as she’s looking at whether the machines can be used in next year’s elections, she’ll examine whether counties have procedures to prevent such problems.  She will make the decision on the systems’ certification by August 3rd

The machines’ makers, local elections officials and voters are expected to attend the public hearing. 

The systems under review by the Secretary of State include those made by Hart, Diebold  and Sequoia.