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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hacker infiltration ends D.C. online voting trial

Washington Post: "Last week, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics opened a new Internet-based voting system for a weeklong test period, inviting computer experts from all corners to prod its vulnerabilities in the spirit of 'give it your best shot.' Well, the hackers gave it their best shot -- and midday Friday, the trial period was suspended, with the board citing 'usability issues brought to our attention.'

Here's one of those issues: After casting a vote, according to test observers, the Web site played 'Hail to the Victors' -- the University of Michigan fight song.

'The integrity of the system had been violated,' said Paul Stenbjorn, the board's chief technology officer."

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