Friday, May 19, 2006

Diebold (manufacturer of the voting machines in question) faces informal SEC inquiry

Diebold faces informal SEC inquiry
Tue May 9, 2006 5:29 PM ET

NEW YORK, May 9 (Reuters) - Diebold Inc. one of the world's largest makers of automated teller and electronic voting machines, on Tuesday said staff at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have begun an informal inquiry into how the company recognizes revenue.

North Canton, Ohio-based Diebold said it learned recently about the SEC inquiry and is cooperating. The company disclosed the inquiry in its quarterly report filed with the agency.

A Diebold spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment. SEC spokesman John Nester declined to comment.

Diebold has struggled with high manufacturing costs and lower demand in North America for its ATMs. It is incurring some restructuring charges this year as it tries to cut costs and improve profitability.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does the question of how the company recognizes its revenue have to do with the voting machine issue in Winnebago County? Is this the start of one of your typical Liberal blog smear campaigns. Now you will find every article written against this company in the past decade reguardless of the source. So typical of your kind.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Jef Hall said...

It speaks to the solvency of the company. Do we want to but a questionable machine from a company with questionable finaces?

Will they be around for upgrades? Does the comapny have the funds for the R&D to improve their service?

The finances of any company that the county is entering into purchase contacts with is very important.

It also speaks the why there may be the errors in the new equipment when the clerks have found the old equipment reliable.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you check the finances of every company the county purchases from. Hello, we already have their equipment and system in place.

4:22 PM  
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3 States Order More E-Voting Security

Wednesday May 10, 10:01 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO, May 11, 2006 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- Officials overseeing elections in three states have directed local authorities to take additional security measures with a popular type of electronic voting machine to prevent election fraud.

California, Iowa and Pennsylvania issued the voting directives in recent weeks after researchers discovered a feature that could allow someone to load unauthorized software on Diebold Election Systems computerized machines.

A hacker theoretically could use the software to rig or sabotage an election or to perform some other unauthorized function, said Michael Shamos, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

"It's worse than a hole," said Shamos, who has been briefed on the vulnerability of the Diebold machines. "It's a deliberate feature that was added by Diebold that we all believe is unwise."

In the wake of the ballot-tabulating problems that plagued the 2000 presidential election, electronic voting has become a flash point for many people concerned about fair elections. Critics charge that electronic voting machines are too susceptible to fraud and error to be trusted and should not replace traditional balloting until proper safeguards are installed.

Diebold spokesman David Bear said there is no evidence electronic results have been subject to tampering. He added it would be hard for anyone to exploit the recently discovered flaw if officials follow security procedures already in place, but that Diebold is developing a permanent solution to address concerns.

The additional safeguard spelled out in the directives "is one more redundancy to ensure the security of the election," Bear said.

Pennsylvania officials warned local election registrars last week about the vulnerability in the mechanism that installs and upgrades software on Diebold equipment. It said the risk of the vulnerability being exploited was "low" because a person would need physical access to the machine's memory card slot while the system was being booted up.

Until Diebold, a unit of North Canton, Ohio-based Diebold Inc., delivers a permanent solution, the notice instructed local officials to reinstall the authorized software just before testing the machine and certifying it for use. Directives issued in California and Iowa called for similar procedures.

Diebold machines are used in 16 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties, said Leslie Amoros, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of State. Pennsylvania's primary election is scheduled for May 16.

In California, 12 of 58 counties use Diebold machines with the vulnerability, according to Jennifer Kerns, a spokeswoman with the Secretary of State's office.

About 30 percent of counties in Iowa use electronic voting machines, affecting about 7 percent of Iowa voters, said John Hedgecoth, a spokesman for the Iowa Secretary of State.

The security flaw was discovered by a researcher for Black Box Voting, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that has criticized the security of electronic voting in the past. The group expects to release a report on the vulnerability this week, director Bev Harris said.

The flaw was reported Wednesday by the Oakland Tribune.


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4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other side of the story

4:31 PM  

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