Voting Software and Secrecy
Here's a quote from an elections official in Los Angeles:
"The software developed for InkaVote is proprietary software. All the software developed by vendors is proprietary. I think it's odd that some people don't want it to be proprietary. If you give people the open source code, they would have the directions on how to hack into it. We think the proprietary nature of the software is good for security."
It's funny, really. What she should be saying is something like: "I think it's odd that everyone who has any expertise in computer security doesn't want the software to be proprietary. Speaking as someone who knows nothing about computer security, I think that secrecy is an asset." That's a more realistic quote.
As I've said many times, secrecy is not the same as security. And in many cases, secrecy hurts security.
Posted on October 2, 2006 at 7:10 AM • 35 Comments