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Sony Gaming System Hacked: Lessons for Electronic Vote Counting

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This week the big news in cybersecurity involved Sony's gaming system.  "Cyber-pirates breached its defenses, potentially gaining access to troves of valuable information -- credit card numbers, email addresses -- for more than 100 million customers."  

When will elected officials, the two major Parties and election officials running our elections take action to protect our elections from electronic vote counting? As big as the Sony breach was, our elections are an infinitely more valuable and vulnerable target than Sony's game-playing customers.

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Sony Hack Speaks To Proliferating Threat

First Posted: 05/ 9/11 08:46 AM ET Updated: 05/ 9/11 10:04 PM ET

" The Sony data hack and the predictable pursuit of villains carries a dose of false comfort, implicitly affirming the assumption that someone must have fouled up to create such a menace to privacy and commerce; someone must have failed in a readily identifiable way, because this surely can't be the ordinary state of events. But the blame narrative masks an unsettling question: What if Sony did the best it could to protect itself, and the pirates still won? What if the company employed the best defenses available, yet they proved inadequate in the face of a decentralized and proliferating threat?"

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....In messy grownup reality circa 2011 --- and especially in cyberspace -- threats mutate and evolve. Sony and Epsilon may be less the villains than fellow victims, part of a modern society that has entrusted its most valuable gold -- information -- to a frontier that has so far proven beyond taming. That argues not for a blame game but for a sustained process of inquiry aimed at delivering effective policing.

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http://www.voteraction.org/news-article/2010/voting-rights-advocates-and-cyber-security-experts-raise-alarm-over-internet-votin

May 9 2010

US Election Assistance Commission Charged with Violating Federal Law in Proceeding with Internet Voting Plans

"The Newest Threat to the Integrity of US Elections"

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UPDATE: Voter Action files comments before the Technical Guidelines Development Committee on the dangers of Internet voting. ...................................................................

http://www.securitymanagement.com/news/cia-cybersecurity-expert-calls-question-security-electronic-voting-005419

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