Archive for October, 2006

The keys to democracy …

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

The sh*t has hit the fan!


We came out in the open about research we conducted on a couple of
Nedap ES3B voting computers we got our hand on. Behind the scenes we
have been working hard for the last five weeks to reverse engineer and
hack these devices. It was quite a project, but since of yesterday the
world knows about it. A whitepaper is available online for you to read
our conclusions. And besides that we also decided to trow all Nedap
software, rom dumps and internal documentation online
. Just for the
public to see what it is they are voting on….

The juicy part: about the keys …. If you read Dutch law about the
requirements concerning voting they mention several times the
importance of the voting computers key. The head of the ticket office
must carry this key with him at all times, and when the elections
close it has to be stored in a sealed envelope. When Nedap learned we
where after their device they send out an emergency letter to each
municipality to store the keys to these voting computers in a safe.

I was heavily disappointed when I finally got my hands on these keys.

Just a very, very, simple four lever key and no use of anti-manipulation
or anti-copy technology. It was no problem to have the key copied in
the first lock shop I entered. Anyone with five minutes of instruction
(or less) could learn how to pick or bypass this lock.

nedap A126 C&K key

All three Nedap voting computers we examined came with a sets of
identical keys. So all keys where the same, and one of these keys could
operate all these computers. We can safely assume one key can operate
all 8.000 Nedap voting computers in use in the Netherlands. Other
proof of this claim is that the keys are nickled over, meaning they
were mass-produced with the cuts already made. Something you only do
when you make large batches.

Getting your hands on that key is simple. Order yours online now ….
For just one euro you can order the key from multiple different online
sources. All you have to do is google for ‘C&K’ and key number ‘A126’.
Looking at the datasheet of this key you can learn its part number is
115140126. We ordered 100 and gave each and every journalist a
personal Nedap voting computer key at the press conference we held
this morning. As if you needed keys for locks like this…

technical drawing of key


We all worked real hard on this project and I will post some more of
our findings in greater detail during the days to come. Stay tuned …

You might want to watch Dutch television tomorrow if …

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

… you are interested in fraud with voting computers ….


voting computer 


Tomorrow, Wednesday October 4 at ‘een vandaag’ (Dutch Television, Ned1) an item about
fraud with voting computers, in cooperation with

See the 30 second teaser on YouTube:

Pfaffenhain cutaways.PDF another masterpiece by Han Fey

Sunday, October 1st, 2006


 Han Fey did it again. Spending weeks and weeks digging trough cutaway
locks, taking them apart, examining, photographing and … writing about it.

The result is yet another masterpiece from his hand: Pfaffenhain Cutaway locks.

This document describes in detail the many different systems in use by
the German company Pfaffenhain. And the special features (like the odd
V-shaped keys) they incorporate in their beautiful high security locks.

anti bump pins 

A few months ago we visited their factory in Germany and where
impressed by what we saw. We also tested their locks to see if their current
solution against bumping works. They use specially shaped pins that do
not require any modification of the house or the core. Read all about
it at this URL: (2 Mb)


drawing of pfaffenhain anti bump pins

youtube video’s (Dutch only)

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Our Dutch campaign against voting computers is up to speed. There is
loads of media attention and the Dutch public is starting to realize
there is something wrong with the way we use these voting computers.

As I am the person with the most experience with video (editing) in
our little campaign group it was my task to make all aired tv items
available on youtube.

This is of interest of people who speak Dutch only. We are to busy to
translate the video clips. Any volunteers to help with this?

The videos can be found on: