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[News] Diebold Accused of Violating the GNU GPL (Copyrights)

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Presidential Election Voting Machines Violate Copyrights, Suit Claims

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| Artifex Software, of San Rafael, Calif., claims that PES systems infringe on 
| its copyrighted Ghostscript PFD interpretation and printing software. Artifex 
| claims PES is using Ghostscript in its electronic election systems even 
| though Diebold and PES "have not been granted a license to modify, copy, or 
| distribute any of Artifex's copyrighted works," Artifex claims in court 
| papers filed late last month in U.S. District Court for Northern California.     



InfoJack Trojan burrows into Windows CE machines

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| Miscreants have created a Trojan capable of infecting mobile devices running 
| Windows CE. 
| The InfoJack Trojan spreads by either tricking mobile users into installing 
| seemingly legitimate application installation files or if punters 
| inadvertently use an infected memory card on vulnerable devices. The malware 
| has been spotted circulating in China.   


Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early


Diebold Can't Sell E-Voting Subsidiary

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| Diebold fails to sell its electronic voting business, changes the 
| subsidiary's name to Premier Election Solutions. 


Diebold Voting Machines Vulnerable to Virus Attack

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| An analysis of Diebold's source code shows that a hacker with access to a 
| single voting machine could use a virus to affect an election. 
| [...]
| The delayed release of the source-code review meant that David Wagner, an 
| associate professor of computer science at the University of California at 
| Berkeley and an author of the report, was not able to present his findings at  
| a public hearing held on July 30 to discuss the results of the voting system 
| review.   


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| "Nineteen machines had 21 screen freezes or system crashes, producing a
| blue screen and messages about an "illegal operation" or a "fatal
| exception error."
| "Especially with this blue-screen problem, you don't know whether it's
| the printer drivers, you don't know whether it's Diebold's own code or
| whether it's Windows,"


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| Problems found in an audit of Diebold tabulation records from an Ohio
| November 2006 election raise questions about whether the database got
| corrupted during the tabulation of election results...
| The database is built from Microsoft's Jet database engine. The
| engine, according to Microsoft, is vulnerable to corruption when a lot
| of concurrent activity is happening with the database, such as what
| occurs on an election night [and Microsoft advises againt using Jet in
| a complex environment]...
| The report mentions that election staff had trouble with the server
| crashing and freezing on election night....
| The report notes that with punch card machines election officials used
| to be able to determine definitively if all ballots had been counted
| in the results....

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