10 March 2007

More on passports and e-voting

A recent article from The Register describes some passport-cloning research (these are UK passports). These people were able to read and clone the RFID data while the passport was being mailed to the owner, before he/she even had the chance to take possession of it.

And it looks like Diebold is thinking of getting out of the e-voting business. I guess they think that all the bad press about security problems in their electronic voting machines has damaged their image. So rather than trying to improve the technology, they'd rather just dump the whole thing. So scads of expensive e-voting machines would remain in service (because municipalities blew their budgets buying them in the first place, and may not be able to replace them for a while), with a big question mark over the prospect of future support and updates. Classy.

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