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"Diebold: Hiding the evidence since 2002"
I'm rolling my eyes at this latest chapter in this apparently factual tale of a large corporation either pulling the wool over they eyes of government, or helping the government pull the wool over the eyes of the voting public. Either way this story has me checking Snopes to see if it could possibly be a hoax. They can't REALLY be this stupid! Can they?

Synopsis: peripheral to the issue of whether Diebold machines can be hacked is the issue of the fact they do have keys in certain critical places. Solid brass keys, of the type used in filing cabinets. Locks can be picked, but are significantly easier to open if you have the keys. This story claims that Diebold posted actual photos of the actual keys used in Diebold machines to ensure security. The problem? While the average member of the public does not know how to make a reproduction of a key from a photograph, anyone with enough skill to pick a lock has a fighting chance of making a duplicated key from a photograph, thereby saving himself considerable time and an increased risk of being caught in the act.

Unfortunately, I think most of us who feel that any/many Diebold operated elections are rigged are not concerned that outsiders are doing it, but rather that moles with Diebold are ensuring that the machines will bias the votes in favor of one candidate or another, and of course such moles would not need to copy the keys.

As I said a couple paragraphs back "They can't REALLY be this stupid!" Well, they probably aren't really that stupid at all, but rather that brilliant. Posting images of the actual keys used to open tens of thousands of identically keyed voting machines grants them "plausible deniability", unfortunately.

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From: wolfdancer Date: May 4th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

arg.

My brain hurts with the stupid.
I had a key cut once a long time ago from a photo taken of the key. True it was a very old key, for a ceder chest, but it can be done.
lonebear From: lonebear Date: May 4th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
don't even need to do that. it is orderable, in the correct keying, from at least 2 websites.
dcseain From: dcseain Date: May 5th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Happily, here in VA, we're switching over to the optical-scan (aka scantron) style ballots.
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