Voting machine misery

Bruce Schneier‘s cryptogram mailing for today had an article about the security of voting machines… I suggest you read it if you’re interested in security and voting-machines. It seems not only the Netherlands is using systems that are seriously insecure.

Over the past several months, the state of California conducted the most
comprehensive security review yet of electronic voting machines. People
I consider to be security experts analyzed machines from three different
manufacturers, performing both a red-team attack analysis and a detailed
source code review. Serious flaws were discovered in all machines and,
as a result, the machines were all decertified for use in California
elections.

The reports are worth reading, as is much of the commentary on the
topic. The reviewers were given an unrealistic timetable and had trouble
getting needed documentation. The fact that major security
vulnerabilities were found in all machines is a testament to how poorly
they were designed, not to the thoroughness of the analysis.

At least in California they are doing security analysis on the voting machines _BEFORE_ they decide to use them in an election. Over on this side of the pond hackers have had to prove to the media themselves that the machines are flawed.

Another nice link from the cryptogram list: Ipod Charger considered dangerous

Couch-to-5k

I have been thinking and planning to do some running for quite a while now, after Cailin, Liessa and Willow set the example. I never really got around to it and have been making excuses for not doing anything yet since they started. Today I finally decided to get off my couch and put on my running shoes and pants, pick up my meizu mp3 player, tune-in and start to run. I found it to be very doable, for someone without any prior exercise, though it did get a bit harder during the second long run. After the first podcast finished I walked and ran some more until I got home. Now to see if I can keep it up and find more time for the next sessions somewhere the coming weeks.

CCC Camp 2007 in hindsight

So, CCC Camp 2007 is over, I’m back to work for a few days already, time for a write-up. The entire event had very warm and humid weather. It was mostly dry accept saturday, when the entire field changed into a olympic swimming-pool.
Deckard, Flar and me helped Antarez and Geck0 set-up their tent somewhere deep in the night, after they had to relocate. In the end they got a very nice spot just underneath a large aluminum airplane, giving them some shade.
Most time during the week was spent hanging around the campsite talking to people, having drinks and generally looking for shade/cool areas. The hangars were ideal locations, because they remained quite cool, due to them being covered by a few meters of dirt. We were very glad that we brought along a small cooler to keep our supply of beer, water and coke cold… (It’s now sitting in my computer-room)
There were some interesting projects going on, including building brainmachines, remote-control helicopters, various webcam projects, weather-ballons and light-installations. There was even a project involving light emitting algea, although I think that project didn’t quite turn out the way it was meant to.
Even though in the beginning everything didn’t go exactly as planned, and I heard a lot of complaining I think in the end we all had a lot of fun. Next time we might do it completely different, but I’m sure we’ll all be there again.
(plans for next time include fixxing either a camper, caravan or truck of some sorts, just so we don’t have to bother with tents, and having more space to bring stuff)