Subject of HBO Doc Responds to Diebold Claim

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Bev Harris, the subject of HBO’s documentary “Hacking Democracy,” debuting Thursday, defended the project after Diebold charged that its facts were flawed.

For one, Diebold challenges a scene in which Finnish computer expert Harri Hursti was able to hack his way into a computer and change the results of a simulated election. Harris, who founded the voting watchdog group Black Box Voting, e-mails that an independent team studied the incident in a February report commissioned California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson.

They said that Hursti “was indeed able to change the election results by doing nothing more than modifying the contents of a memory card.” The group of computer scientists did find the Diebold problems fixable, and McPherson later certified their use in the elections this year with the conditions that problems be fixed.

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