Probably the most important story posted on the internet yesterday was on Brad Friedman's site. Here are a few excerpts:
A DIEBOLD INSIDER SPEAKS!
DIEB-THROAT : 'DIEBOLD SYSTEM ONE OF GREATEST THREATS DEMOCRACY HAS EVER KNOWN'
IDENTIFIES U.S. HOMELAND SECURITY 'CYBER ALERT' PRIOR TO '04 ELECTION WARNING VOTES CAN BE 'MODIFIED REMOTELY' VIA 'UNDOCUMENTED BACKDOOR' IN CENTRAL TABULATOR SOFTWARE!
In exclusive stunning admissions to The BRAD BLOG some 11 months after the 2004 Presidential Election, a "Diebold Insider" is now finally speaking out for the first time about the alarming security flaws within Diebold, Inc's electronic voting systems, software and machinery. The source is acknowledging that the company's "upper management" -- as well as "top government officials" -- were keenly aware of the "undocumented backdoor" in Diebold's main "GEM Central Tabulator" software well prior to the 2004 election. A branch of the Federal Government even posted a security warning on the Internet
The "Cyber Security Alert" from US-CERT was issued in late August of 2004 and is still available online via the US-CERT website. The alert warns that "A vulnerability exists due to an undocumented backdoor account, which could [sic: allow] a local or remote authenticated malicious user [sic: to] modify votes."
"I believe that top Government officials had an understanding with top Diebold officials to look the other way," the source explained, "because Diebold was their ace in the hole."
"A very serious problem...one malicious person can change the outcome of any Diebold election"