Thursday, March 26, 2009

Electronic voting Fraud in Venezuela

I am sure that Chavez has won many of the elections in Venezuela because electronic Fraud. The government don't let the system to be audit.
vdebate reporter

Sun Sentinel( Ft)

Electronic voting alarms CIA expert
Vote-rigging suspected in foreign elections
By Greg Gordon McClatchy Newspapers
March 25, 2009
WASHINGTON - The CIA, which has been monitoring foreign countries' use of electronic voting systems, has reported apparent vote-rigging schemes in Venezuela, Macedonia and Ukraine and a raft of concerns about the machines' vulnerability to tampering.Appearing last month before a U.S. Election Assistance Commission field hearing in Orlando, a CIA cybersecurity expert suggested that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez fixed a 2004 election recount.
In a presentation that could provide disturbing lessons for the United States, where electronic voting is becoming widespread, Steve Stigall described attempts to use computers to undermine democratic elections in developing nations. Stigall told the Election Assistance Commission, a tiny agency that Congress created in 2002 to modernize U.S. voting, that computerized electoral systems can be manipulated at five stages, from altering voter registration lists to posting results.

"You heard the old adage 'follow the money,'" Stigall said, according to a transcript of his hourlong presentation. "I follow the vote. And wherever the vote becomes an electron and touches a computer, that's an opportunity for a malicious actor potentially to ... make bad things happen."
Stigall said that voting equipment connected to the Internet could be hacked and that machines that weren't connected could be compromised wirelessly. Stigall said he wasn't speaking for the CIA and wouldn't address U.S. voting systems, but he said most Web-based ballot systems had proved to be insecure.Stigall said the CIA was worried that foreigners might try to hack U.S. election systems.
Turning to Venezuela, he said Chavez controlled all of the country's voting equipment before he won a 2004 nationwide recall vote.Macedonia was accused of "voter genocide" because the names of so many Albanians were eradicated from the computerized lists, Stigall said.In Ukraine, Stigall said, opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko lost a 2004 presidential election runoff because supporters of his rival "introduced an unauthorized computer into the Ukraine election committee national headquarters.

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