Show Details for September 24th, 2006

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Interviews this week are with Joseph L Galloway and Ed Felten

Mark Bebawi will talk to Joseph Galloway about the state of the Army, recruitment and deployment numbers and the current administration’s moves on the issue of torture, detainees and the Geneva Conventions.

Pokey Anderson will talk to Ed Felten about Diebold Voting machines

Joseph L Galloway:

Galloway

Joseph Galloway is the former senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder. His distinguished journalist career spans four decades, and he has covered wars including Vietnam, Desert Storm, Haiti, and East Timor. He is the recipient of a Bronze Star Medal and the Medal of Valor of the U.S. Army awarded to a civilian for service during Vietnam

Galloway is co-author of the best-selling book “We Were Soldiers Once … and Young.” General H. Norman Schwarzkopf has called Galloway “the finest combat correspondent of our generation–a soldier’s reporter and a soldier’s friend.”
His most recent article:

We’ve sunk to Osama’s level
The torture of prisoners is not only illegal under American and international law it is, put simply, immoral and unjust. It is also un-American.

Galloway also wrote a best-seller:
Front Cover

Read online commentary from military columnist Joe Galloway

Ed Felten


Ed Felten is the director of the Center for Information Technology Policy, a new center at Princeton University that addresses crucial issues at the intersection of society and computer technology.  A professor of computer science and public affairs, he is known for his groundbreaking work in computer security.

Monitor co-host Pokey Anderson will discuss with  Professor Felten his team’s examination of an actual Diebold electronic voting machine (DRE), a type widely used in the U.S.

Among their findings:

Malicious software running on a single voting machine can steal votes with little if any risk of detection. The malicious software can modify all of the records, audit logs, and counters kept by the voting machine, so that even careful forensic examination of these records will find nothing amiss. We have constructed demonstration software that carries out this vote-stealing attack.
…The AccuVote-TS machine we studied is vulnerable to attacks that steal votes from one candidate and give them to another. Such attacks can be carried out without leaving any evidence of fraud in the system’s logs.

Also, in a second article, one of Felten’s staff members discovered that a hotel mini-bar key could open the back of a Diebold voting machine.

The access panel door on a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine – the door that protects the memory card that stores the votes, and is the main barrier to the injection of a virus – can be opened with a standard key that is widely available on the Internet. … A little research revealed that the exact same key is used widely in office furniture, electronic equipment, jukeboxes, and hotel minibars.

ARTICLES:
Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine
by Ed Felten et al.
http://itpolicy.princeton.edu/voting
(includes video)

“Hotel Minibar” Keys Open Diebold Voting Machines
September 18, 2006
by Ed Felten
Freedom to Tinker
http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/?p=1064

ADDITIONAL ARTICLE OF INTEREST RE ELECTIONS:
RFK Jr. has added a second major article, following up his first major article in Rolling…

Will the Next Election Be Hacked?
By Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Rolling Stone
Thursday 05 October 2006 Issue
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/092106R.shtml

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