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Hacker Exposes Florida's Voting Database — Again 76

Posted by timothy
from the florida-is-always-good-for-news dept.
Dangerous_Minds writes "A hacker that goes by the name of Abhaxas exposed parts of the Florida voting database. That apparently didn't sit well with election officials. Reportedly, officials said that authorities were contacted and that their databases are now more secure than ever. In turn, Abhaxas decided to hack the database again and reveal a file directory. Said Abhaxas in the posting, 'Glad you cleaned things up, pretty secure now guys.'"
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Hacker Exposes Florida's Voting Database — Again

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  • pen and paper (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 08, 2011 @04:41AM (#36692218)

    nothing beats it.get back to the way things were done , by hand , and say goodbye to cracked databases.
    i lived in FL and it's the worst place for voting.We should all pressure FL to go back to good old hand counting and manual
    voter list generation
    We do it in Canuckia without trouble , dont tell me FL can't do it.

  • by Bleek II (878455) on Friday July 08, 2011 @04:54AM (#36692274)
    I posted this last time I saw a story about this hacker but I point out again. Abhaxas must have taken the name from Abraxas Guardian Of The Universe. It easily ranks among some of the worst movies ever mane. But I'll let other be the judge of that. Here's part one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs6yYAMpxUs [youtube.com] Or is there some other reference I'm missing?
  • by WaywardGeek (1480513) on Friday July 08, 2011 @06:58AM (#36692842) Journal

    Right on. The government should offer rewards for hacks like this, in any critical system: voting databases, military secrets, IRS database, etc. It would be the equivalent of the whistle-blower law we passed to reward people who expose fraud in government contracts. Just require the hackers to make public enough to prove they have accessed sensitive data, but not enough to compromise important systems. State how they did the hack in secret communication, and get money from the US government, as bitcoins through the Tor network. Allow the hackers to collect the reward over and over once a month until the system is secure.

    Imagine how awesome such a program would be for exposing which important secrets have been compromised? With say a $100K reward to any worker anywhere who can prove they have access to critical US "secrets", we'd learn a ton about what systems are secure and which aren't. That's the kind of information that wins or loses wars.

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