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Students Hack Washington D.C.'s Web Voting System to Play College Fight Song

Students Hack Washington D.C.'s Web Voting System to Play College Fight Song
Students Hack Washington D.C.'s Web Voting System to Play College Fight Song



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http://gawker.com/5656641/students-hack-washington-dcs-web-voting-system-to-play-college-fight-song 

By Max Read
Gawker
Oct 5, 2010

A pilot internet voting program in Washington D.C.  for this November's 
elections has been scrapped. Why? Well, officials invited hackers to 
give the system their "best shot," and some college kids did=E2=80=94and pulled 
off a pretty good prank.

During a trial period of the web voting system last week, the Board of 
Elections and Ethics asked "computer experts" to "prod its 
vulnerabilities" in preparation for the upcoming elections=E2=80=94in which the 
system was going to be put to use by some 900 overseas voters in lieu of 
absentee ballots. But the trial period was quickly put on hold, with the 
board citing "usability issues."

"Usability issues," like the fact that the site would play the 
University of Michigan fight song, "Hail to the Victors," after users 
cast a ballot.

Apparently, U. of Mich. Prof. J. Alex Halderman  (that's him on the 
right), who had been working on the project, "unleashed his students" 
(in the words of the election board's chief technology officer Paul 
Stenbjorn) on the system. And this was the result. According to 
Stenbjorn, that particular hole has been closed, but the board has 
decided to scrap the "digital vote by mail" pilot program out of 
concern.

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