How Dare You Assess Our Voting Machines

Sequoia Systems gets touchy about security audits
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2008 11:56 AM CDT

Sequoia Voting Systems has sent a letter to a Princeton professor threatening legal action if he publishes any info from a security audit of their voting machines. "It's hard to imagine a stupider legal threat," says Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing. "Sequoia's basically saying, 'We're scared of what you'll find when you pop the hood on our product," writes Doctorow.

Not only that, but the target of their letter—Professor Ed Felten of Princeton—is smart and stubborn, and he's buddies with some very good lawyers. "The next time a jurisdiction is thinking of sourcing its voting machines from Sequoia, activists just have to show up with copies of this letter" to prove that the company is uncomfortable about its own products' quality, scoffs Doctorow. (More Sequoia Voting Systems stories.)

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