Tuesday, August 19, 2008

AntiVirus Software on A Voting Machine?

cartoon republished with permission of xkcd.com under a creative commons license

Permanent link to this comic: http://xkcd.com/463/

I never really thought about whether voting machines needed anti-virus software until blogger and security expert, Bruce Schneier pointed out the accuracy of the cartoon above in a post.

Why would a voting machine need anti-virus software? After all it's not like it will be sending and receiving email, browsing the internet or downloading games. A voting machine can't be remotely accessed, can it?


All I can say is if they have to remove the McAfee Anti-virus software from the voting machines I wish them lots of luck. I once decided to switch from McAfee Anti-virus to another company's software and it was a nightmare trying to remove the McAfee software.

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